Young, free and single? Theorising partner relationships during the first year of university

Finn, Kirsty (2013) Young, free and single? Theorising partner relationships during the first year of university. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 34 (1). pp. 94-111. ISSN 0142-5692 DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2012.699275

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Abstract

Recent research into young people’s private social worlds has highlighted the significance of family and friend relationships for students’ experiences of the transition to university. Drawing on data generated through a qualitative longitudinal study with 24 young women undergraduate students, this paper provides an original contribution to this growing body of literature by bringing committed partner relationships into view. The following discussion uses the notion of the ‘moral tale’ in order to reveal the ways in which singleness and commitment to a partner were experienced and articulated by young women undergraduate students at this important juncture. This paper raises important questions about how young women are able to take on ‘traditional’ and ‘authentic’ student identities whilst also remaining connected to important sources of love and support at this time of heightened change

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Sociology
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2013 15:43
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/5576

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