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Living together. Formation and dynamics of intimate relationships

Filip Schmidt

Abstract

The main subject of the thesis are couples who live together. It is situated between different research fields, such as sociology of marriage and family, gender studies and the studies on love and everyday life. The first part analyzes the historical changes of intimacy in Poland and Europe from the perspective of the functional differentiation process. It ends with critical analysis of the contemporary discussions on intimacy (singles, cohabitation, instability of relationships). The second part of the thesis is devoted to the process of constructing a couple in the material context of home. There are several tensions which define this process, particularly the relation between the idea of romantic love and the tendency to congeal in familiar schemata and habits. The thesis is based upon empirical research in Poznan (Poland): (a) a survey conducted by Pentor Research International on a quota sample (N=506); (b) four group interviews and twelve interviews with couples, in total 20 relationships of people aged 23-35, marital and non-marital, representing various social milieus. The point of departure for the project was the research agenda created by Jean-Claude Kaufmann and the aim was to show the advantages of combining several different relational, contextual and dynamical sociological theories. On the one hand, it is Niklas Luhmann’s theory of social systems, and on the other, Ann Swidler’s notion of culture as a tool kit and other concepts rooted in pragmatism and symbolic interactionism.
Record ID
UAMd7023ea05b2c4108990bd1fc0b5cdec0
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Filip Schmidt (SNs/WS/DoVaMCR) Filip Schmidt,,
Title in Polish
Mieszkać razem. Powstawanie i dynamika związków intymnych
Title in English
Living together. Formation and dynamics of intimate relationships
Language
pl Polish
Certifying Unit
Faculty of Social Sciences (FoSS)
Discipline
sociology / (social studies) / (social studies)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
5.8 sociology
Defense Date
23-03-2012
End date
23-03-2012
Supervisor
URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10593/2314 opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
Intimacy; Couple; History; Everyday life; Home
Abstract in English
The main subject of the thesis are couples who live together. It is situated between different research fields, such as sociology of marriage and family, gender studies and the studies on love and everyday life. The first part analyzes the historical changes of intimacy in Poland and Europe from the perspective of the functional differentiation process. It ends with critical analysis of the contemporary discussions on intimacy (singles, cohabitation, instability of relationships). The second part of the thesis is devoted to the process of constructing a couple in the material context of home. There are several tensions which define this process, particularly the relation between the idea of romantic love and the tendency to congeal in familiar schemata and habits. The thesis is based upon empirical research in Poznan (Poland): (a) a survey conducted by Pentor Research International on a quota sample (N=506); (b) four group interviews and twelve interviews with couples, in total 20 relationships of people aged 23-35, marital and non-marital, representing various social milieus. The point of departure for the project was the research agenda created by Jean-Claude Kaufmann and the aim was to show the advantages of combining several different relational, contextual and dynamical sociological theories. On the one hand, it is Niklas Luhmann’s theory of social systems, and on the other, Ann Swidler’s notion of culture as a tool kit and other concepts rooted in pragmatism and symbolic interactionism.
Thesis file

Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAMd7023ea05b2c4108990bd1fc0b5cdec0/

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