Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
On the other side of couplehood: single women in Sweden exploring life without a partner
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2013 (English)In: Families, Relationships and Societies, ISSN 2046-7435, Vol. 2, no 1, 61-78 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article describes Swedish women’s experiences of life as single. Data showed that singlehood was not actively chosen but rather a situation that participants ended up in due to separation from a partner. However, once single, participants chose to remain single. The lack of gender equality in traditional cohabiting couplehood made participants wary about entering a new cohabiting couple relationship. Living apart together (LAT) relationships were identified  as a possible way to combine gender-equal intimacy with personal freedom and independence. Data suggested that the increased number of single women may not necessarily point to an increased desirability of singleness per se, nor to a rejection of coupled intimacy. Singlehood was rather a rejection of the limitations associated with cohabiting couplehood. The article highlights the importance of the Swedish welfare state for making it possible for women toremain single, even those with dependent children.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Policy Press, 2013. Vol. 2, no 1, 61-78 p.
Keyword [en]
single women, Sweden, LAT, couplehood, welfare state
National Category
Research subject
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-66128DOI: 10.1332/204674313X664707OAI: diva2:605723
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2013-02-15 Created: 2013-02-15 Last updated: 2013-05-27Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Evertsson, LarsNyman, Charlott
By organisation
Department of Social WorkDepartment of Sociology
In the same journal
Families, Relationships and Societies

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 317 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link