‘Living together apart’ as families in motion

McDonnell, Liz, Murray, Lesley, Hinton-Smith, Tamsin, Ferreira, Nuno and Unset (2019) ‘Living together apart’ as families in motion. In: Murray, Lesley, McDonnell, Elizabeth, Hinton-Smith, Tamsin, Ferreira, Nuno and Walsh, Katie (eds.) Families in motion: Ebbing and flowing through space and time. Emerald Publishing, Bingley, pp. 57-77. ISBN 978-1-78769-416-3

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Abstract

‘Living together apart’ (LTA) is the practice of remaining in close domestic proximity following the ending of an intimate relationship. Using the conceptual framework of families in motion, in which families are re-envisioned as in flow, responding to all kinds of disruptions, chosen and unchosen, by ‘holding on’, adapting, adjusting and redirecting, this chapter explores the family practices involved in LTA. Using collaborative autoethnography – a research process in which the authors jointly explored data from their own lives – the authors were able to develop an understanding of LTA that was attentive to everyday life and the interconnections of time and space within families. The authors found that when families are living within less normative constellations, there are fewer scripts to rely upon and the potential for non-legitimacy and anxiety increases. The data also showed how deeply families are embedded in practices that are always in relation to an experienced past and imagined future. The importance of having a family story to tell that ‘works’ socially and emotionally, as well as having a home that can spatially encompass such new flows in family lives, is crucial.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Living together apart; living apart together; intimate relationships; family transitions; family practices; separation
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
School of Global Studies > Geography
School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0503 The Family. Marriage. Home
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0503 The Family. Marriage. Home > HQ0767.8 Children. Child development Including child rearing, child life, play, socialisation, children's rights
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0503 The Family. Marriage. Home > HQ0767.8 Children. Child development Including child rearing, child life, play, socialisation, children's rights > HQ0792 Social conditions of children
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Depositing User: Nuno Ferreira
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2019 14:48
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 14:48
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/87882

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