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Linda McKie and Sarah Cunningham-Burley

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346438

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346438.001.0001

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Solo living, individual and family boundaries: findings from secondary analysis1

Solo living, individual and family boundaries: findings from secondary analysis1

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(p.207) Twelve Solo living, individual and family boundaries: findings from secondary analysis1
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Families in society
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Fran Wasoff

Lynn Jamieson

Adam Smith

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346438.003.0012

This chapter concentrates on solo living as a way of understanding families, relationships and households. It provides a detailed empirical analysis of who is living alone in the UK and who is moving in and out of solo living. The evidence suggests increasing levels of solo living at all stages of the lifecourse, indicative perhaps of a redrawing of the boundary between family and household and a reshaping of the boundaries of different lifecourse stages. However, the evidence also suggests that transitions between solo living and living with others is commonplace, so that the boundaries between solo living and family living are frequently crossed. More research is needed to understand the ways in which people on their own are connected to families, friends and wider social relationships although preliminary evidence suggests considerable connectedness, challenging assumptions about the isolation of those living on their own.

Keywords:   solo living, UK, lifecourse stages, family living, social relationships

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