The Tenacity of the Couple-Norm

Intimate Citizenship Regimes in a Changing Europe

Sasha Roseneil, Isabel Crowhurst, Tone Hellesund, Ana Cristina Santos, and Mariya Stoilava

The Tenacity of the Couple-Norm

Sasha Roseneil, Isabel Crowhurst, Tone Hellesund, Ana Cristina Santos, and Mariya Stoilava

Distributed for UCL Press

306 pages | 6 halftones | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9781787358904 Published February 2021 For sale in North America only
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9781787358911 Published February 2021 For sale in North America only
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.
 
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
Bibliography
Index
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