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Family practices in later life$
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Pat Chambers

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420534

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420534.001.0001

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Long-lasting relationships

Long-lasting relationships

(p.39) Four Long-lasting relationships
Family practices in later life

Pat Chambers

Graham Allan

Chris Phillipson

Mo Ray

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the vital role played by continuous long-term partnerships. Despite its importance as an established, sustained and central relationship, long-term marriage and non-heterosexual long-lasting partnerships remain an under-researched area. The paucity of research in this area is highlighted against the value of long-lasting relationships in the lives of older men and women. Drawing on empirical research with long-married couples, this chapter examines the ways in which older people define and construct their relationships.

Keywords:   long-term partnerships, long-term marriage, long-lasting partnerships, older people, men, women

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