L. McKenzie's Age-Dissimilar Couples and Romantic Relationships: Ageless PDF

By L. McKenzie

ISBN-10: 1137446765

ISBN-13: 9781137446763

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

This ebook examines how the romantic relationships of age-dissimilar are understood. in response to more than a few interviews, McKenzie argues that historic shifts towards better own autonomy in companion choice, inside relationships, and in marriage and courting dissolution were vastly overstated. via her specialize in age-dissimilar undefined, whose expanding occurrence have frequently been noticeable to be a part of this shift, she means that those relationships are an street during which shared cultural understandings of relatedness, in addition to individualism, can be additional analysed. McKenzie argues for an method that emphasises cultural continuity, and which bills for complexity and contradiction in how age-dissimilar relationships and romantic love are understood.

Examining key problems with kinship, aging and emotion, Age-Dissimilar and Romantic Relationships will attract students of Cultural and Social Anthropology, relatives stories and Sociology.

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He argues that from the beginning of the thirteenth century or earlier, numerous features associated with capitalism (including individualism, individual property rights, a ‘market mentality’, high mobility, and a low degree of parental authority over marriage) were present in England (Macfarlane 1987, 2002). Macfarlane (1987, 2002) posits that these features originated from the Germanic peoples (the Anglo-Saxon, Vikings, and Normans) who conquered England at around 500 AD. Their traditions, which he claims were formed thousands of years ago, died out on mainland Europe due to the influence of Roman civilisation, but persisted in England and then later re-emerged on the mainland (Macfarlane 1987, 2002).

This shift was characterised by greater privacy, growing individualism, more choice with regard to one’s partner and the number of children one had, as well as the idealisation of romantic love in marriage and, from the 1960s, a shift in sexual attitudes. Stone (1977) writes similarly of the transition in England, from the sixteenth century onwards, from the ‘open lineage family’, to the ‘restricted patriarchal nuclear family’, and, finally, to the ‘closed domesticated nuclear family’. The last of these, he suggests, was organised according to the principles of privacy, personal autonomy, and sexual pleasure.

I also surveyed various media depictions of age-dissimilar relationships, the majority of which were produced in North American and European contexts, or in former colonies such as Australia. There are a great deal of contemporary television shows, films, newspaper and magazine articles, books, and short stories that focus on such couples. I selected three of these for discussion in focus groups: a short story entitled ‘Awkward Encounters’ (Hambourg 2008), a clip from the television series Summer Heights High (19 September 2007), and two clips from the film American Beauty (2001).

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