Love Will Keep Us Apart? Understanding Living Apart Together Partnerships in the Post-state-socialist Czech Republic

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Title:Love Will Keep Us Apart? Understanding Living Apart Together Partnerships in the Post-state-socialist Czech Republic
Creators:
Formánková, Lenka; lenka dot formankova at soc dot cas dot cz
Křížková, Alena; alena dot krizkova at soc dot cas dot cz
Journal or Publication Title:
Czech Sociological Review, 51, 6, pp. 993-1023
Uncontrolled Keywords:living apart together, biographical research, post-socialist, gender norm, co-residential partnership

Abstract

Living apart together (LAT) relationships are under-researched in European sociology and overlooked in Czech sociology. Based on data from 16 biographical interviews with partners living in separate households, this analysis focuses on how LAT is experienced, understood, and explained in the context of the post-state-socialist Czech Republic. Do LAT partners actively choose LAT to avoid or subvert the norm of co-residence? Or do they frame their situation as a result of external constraints and pressures? What is the role of gender norms and of the gendering of a life course in the LAT experience? Our results show the high value that current Czech society continues to place on co-residential partnerships. The study also shows that persistent gender and social inequalities, specific for the post state-socialist Czech Republic, make individual choices more difficult or impossible in both private life arrangements and when combining private life with work. A LAT partnership is not always the result of individual choices, but the relationship often is shaped by external structural and institutional pressures and gendered norms.

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Title:Love Will Keep Us Apart? Understanding Living Apart Together Partnerships in the Post-state-socialist Czech Republic
Creators:
Formánková, Lenka; lenka dot formankova at soc dot cas dot cz
Křížková, Alena; alena dot krizkova at soc dot cas dot cz
Uncontrolled Keywords:living apart together, biographical research, post-socialist, gender norm, co-residential partnership
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 7. Section of Social and Economic Sciences > Institute of Sociology > Czech sociological review (Sociologický časopis)
Journal or Publication Title:Czech Sociological Review
Volume:51
Number:6
Page Range:pp. 993-1023
ISSN:0038-0288
Publisher:Institute of Sociology AS CR
Related URLs:
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ID Code:8552
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:22 Jan 2016 16:24
Last Modified:22 Jan 2016 15:24

Citation

Formánková, Lenka; Křížková, Alena (2015) Love Will Keep Us Apart? Understanding Living Apart Together Partnerships in the Post-state-socialist Czech Republic. Czech Sociological Review, 51 (6). pp. 993-1023. ISSN 0038-0288

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