Title
Living apart together and money : new partnerships, traditional gender roles Living apart together and money : new partnerships, traditional gender roles
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
article
Publication
Minneapolis, Minn ,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
Journal of marriage and the family. - Minneapolis, Minn
Volume/pages
76(2014) :5 , p. 949-966
ISSN
0022-2445
ISI
000342678400005
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Drawing on qualitative interview data from a sample of 54 men and women engaged in living apart together (LAT) partnerships in Belgium (Flanders), this study explored the organization and exchange of money in LAT arrangements. The data showed that the heterogeneity of LAT partnerships is reflected in couples' monetary behavior, with couples who foresee cohabitation (transitional LATs) showing more marriage-like exchanges of financial support than those who perceive living apart together as a more permanent arrangement (permanent LATs). The economic position of the partners and the importance attached to economic independence and breadwinning mediate the impact of future expectations on the financial practices of LAT couples. The data also showed that traditional notions of gender and coupledom continue to be strongly influential, even in nontraditional types of partnerships.
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