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The Tenacity of the Couple-Norm

Intimate Citizenship Regimes in a Changing Europe

Despite changes and challenges, coupledom has long been constructed as the normal, natural, and superior way of being an adult. The Tenacity of the Couple-Norm offers an anatomical dissection of the concept—an analysis of its structure, organization, and internal workings. It explores how the couple-norm is lived and experienced, how it has evolved and mutated, and how it varies among places and social groups. In doing so, the book provides an analysis of changing intimate citizenship regimes in Europe and makes a major intervention in understandings of the contemporary condition of personal life.
The Tenacity of the Couple-Norm makes an important contribution to literature on citizenship, intimacy, family life, and social change in sociology, social policy, socio-legal studies, gender/sexuality/queer studies, and psychosocial studies.

306 pages | 6 halftones | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

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"Innovative …accessible. . . . potential to inform policy-making. . . . will undoubtedly contribute to future scholarship"

European Journal of Women’s Studies

"An invaluable work."

London School of Economics (LSE) Blog

"In an important new book, The Tenacity of the Couple-Norm. . . .  Sasha Roseneil, Isabel Crowhurst, Tone Hellesund, Ana Cristina Santos, and Mariya Stoilova studied laws and policies relevant to coupling in each nation, and how they changed over time. They also looked at the role of social movements in effecting social change. They interviewed, at length, 67 people who were not living a conventionally coupled life, all from the capital cities of the four countries."

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Table of Contents

Part I: Identifying the Couple-Norm
1. Introduction
2. Questioning the couple-form
3. Approach and core concepts
Part II: Couple-Normativity in European Intimate Citizenship Regimes
4. Overview of couple-normativity in European intimate citizenship regimes
5. The United Kingdom intimate citizenship regime
6. The Bulgarian intimate citizenship regime
7. The Norwegian intimate citizenship regime
8. The Portuguese intimate citizenship regime
Part III: Case Studies in Living with and against the Couple-Norm
9. Interviewees and methodology
10. Living with and against the couple-norm in London
11. Living with and against the couple-norm in Sofia
12. Living with and against the couple-norm in Oslo
13. Living with and against the couple-norm in Lisbon
Part IV: The Tenacity of the Couple-Norm
14. Understanding the tenacity of the couple-norm
15. Imagining intimate citizenship beyond the couple-norm
Part V: Methodological Appendix

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