9781403901248

Young, Free and Single? Twenty-somethings and Household Change

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    9781403901248

  • ISBN10:

    1403901244

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-04-03
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

In the context of the ongoing de-standardization of young people's lives, this book explores changing patterns of household formation amongst contemporary 20-somethings and the implications of these changes for the ways in which they relate to friends, parents and partners. The book points to the growing polarization between the experiences of graduates and non-graduates, and highlights changing expectations and attitudes towards intimacy and "settling down" amongst these groups.

Author Biography

Sue Heath is a Lecturer in Sociology at University of Southampton.

Elizabeth Cleaver is a Senior Research Officer at the National Foundation for Educational Research.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii
1 The Destandardisation of Household Formation
1(10)
2 Domesticity, Household Formation and Youth Research
11(16)
3 Risk, Individualisation and the Single Life
27(27)
4 Living in and Leaving the Parental Home
54(19)
5 Student Housing and Households
73(16)
6 Shared Housing, Grown-up Style
89(20)
7 Solo Living: Who Wants to Live Alone?
109(16)
8 Friends and Family
125(19)
9 Negotiating Current and Future Partnerships
144(17)
10 Redefining Home? 161(19)
11 Conclusion: Twenty-somethings and Household Change 180(14)
Appendix 1: The Young Adults and Shared Household Living Project 194(7)
Appendix 2: Household Profiles 201(8)
Bibliography 209(14)
Index 223

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