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Diversity and ageing – the meaning of new intimate relationships in later life
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology. (Socialt arbete)
Social Work, Stockholm University. (Socialt arbete)
2012 (English)In: : Book of Abstracts, 2012, 423-423 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
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Social gerontology and family sociology about intimacy in old age has almost exclusively focused on institutionalized life-long marriages and little research has focused on re-partnering and the forms and meaning of this diversity of new intimate relationships in later life. Framed by Giddens’ transformation of intimacy and Laslett’s theory of the third age, as well as changing social and demographical conditions, this paper will focus on how different forms of new intimate relationships are formative for the experi-ence of ageing.The strategical sampel was diversified according to differ-ent forms of new intimate relationships: dating singles, married, cohabiting and living apart together. Qualitative interviews was used with 28 Swedes, 63–91 years, who have established a new intimate heterosexual relation-ship after 60 or who are dating singles. The results showed the significance of new intimate relations for social integration and for the experience of old age as the “crown of life”. The meaning of new intimate relations in differ-ent intimacy forms are discussed in relation to everyday life in old age, the relational history and relational careers and future perspectives of informal support structures by the relation.

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2012. 423-423 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21126OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-21126DiVA: diva2:898120
2nd ISA Forum of Sociology, Social Justice and Democratization, 1-4 August 2012, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Available from: 2016-01-27 Created: 2016-01-27 Last updated: 2016-02-29Bibliographically approved

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