Couples’ places of meeting in late 20th century Britain: class, continuity and change
Lampard, Richard. (2007) Couples’ places of meeting in late 20th century Britain: class, continuity and change. European Sociological Review, Vol.23 (No.3). pp. 357-371. ISSN 0266-7215
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This article examines couples’ places or contexts of meeting in the second half of the 20th century in Great Britain, utilizing a typology developed by Bozon and Héran. The continuities are as striking as the changes, with social networks maintaining a consistent level of importance, but with trends towards meeting at places of education and work, and away from meeting in public places for drinking, eating or socializing. Rather than reflecting the impact of the rise of individualism and self-identity, these trends arguably reflect the changing importance of settings within people's daily lives, as may the recent growth in internet dating. Social class appears to have become more strongly related to the likelihood of meeting in ‘public’ settings, apparently more common in Britain than elsewhere. Achieved characteristics, especially occupational class, have a greater impact than parental class. Variations between place of meeting categories in the extent of occupational class homogamy appear to reflect levels of class homogeneity within settings more than the impact of either individualism or a homogamy norm. Regional variations in places of meeting highlight the ongoing importance of structural factors such as patterns of sociability or cultural norms.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Couples -- Great Britain, Couples -- Research, Interpersonal relations -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 20th century, Great Britain -- History -- 20th century|
|Journal or Publication Title:||European Sociological Review|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Official Date:||July 2007|
|Page Range:||pp. 357-371|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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