Age-Dissimilar Couples and Romantic Relationships: Ageless by L. McKenzie

By L. McKenzie

In fresh years, there was a frequent fascination with age-dissimilar, heterosexual romantic relationships. This curiosity isn't new - a lot of these were featured in Western media for many years, even centuries - but qualitative examine into such relationships has been limited.

This ebook examines how the romantic relationships of age-dissimilar are understood. in keeping with quite a number interviews, McKenzie argues that historic shifts towards larger own autonomy in companion choice, inside of relationships, and in marriage and courting dissolution were tremendously overstated. via her concentrate on age-dissimilar undefined, whose expanding incidence have frequently been noticeable to be a part of this shift, she means that those relationships are an street wherein shared cultural understandings of relatedness, in addition to individualism, will be additional analysed. McKenzie argues for an technique that emphasises cultural continuity, and which debts for complexity and contradiction in how age-dissimilar relationships and romantic love are understood.

Examining key problems with kinship, growing old and emotion, Age-Dissimilar and Romantic Relationships will entice students of Cultural and Social Anthropology, family members reports and Sociology.

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I conceive of autonomy as separateness, self-determination, independence, and freedom from the influence of other people (Dagger 2001; Fajans 2006; Kağıtçıbaşı 2005; Nedelsky 1989; Rapport & Overing 2000; Rasmussen 2009; Rogoff 2003; Williams 2008). I found examples of autonomy in people’s interpretations (that is, their identifications, expectations, feelings, and motivations), as they arise in specific contexts and as a result of their life experiences (Strauss & Quinn 1997: 6). I am interested in these interpretations to the extent that they are based on shared understandings.

2009). Thus, it appears that historical shifts have not been unidirectional (Gillis 1985). Individualistic understandings of marriage, Amato and colleagues (2009: 16) have claimed, are based on the premise that people need to express their feelings, and that relationships exist to ‘enhance individual satisfaction and maximize psychological growth’ (see also Beck & BeckGernsheim 1995, 2002; Bellah et al. 1985; Illouz 2012). In addition, couple relationships are seen as needing to fulfil people’s sexual desires, as well as their desire for spiritual meaning, intimacy, and emotional security (Langford 1999).

Furthermore, it was during this period that the term democracy – having originated in sixth-century Greece as a form of rule understood and enacted by ‘the people’ for their own benefit – began to be used more broadly (Dunn 2005: 16). Thus, it came to refer to the particular rights of ‘individuals’ to equality, autonomy, and self-development (Giddens 1992). Also during this period, the ‘individual’ was increasingly glorified, and ideas reflecting the autonomy, free will, and self-interest of people appeared frequently in the social theories of those such as Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, and others (Lindholm 2001; Macpherson 1962; 34 Age-Dissimilar Couples and Romantic Relationships Morrison 1995; see also Durkheim 1969).

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