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Transitionless biographies?: Youth and representations of solo living

Molgat, Marc; Vézina, Mireille (2008). Transitionless biographies?: Youth and representations of solo living Young , vol. 16 , nº 4. p. 349-371. DOI: 10.1177/110330880801600401.

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The sociology of youth has typically focused on transitions as a way of determining how young people make it to adulthood. However, the transition from single life to partnership and family life seems to warrant further investigation because many young people are putting off conjugality and family formation. Some may not view living alone only as a transitional period but also as a more or less permanent feature of their existence. Analysis of in-depth semi-structured interviews con-ducted with individuals aged under 65 and living alone (n = 51) in two Montreal neighbourhoods shows that younger respondents in their mid to late twenties and early thirties have three representations of ‘solo living’: (i) a youth lifestyle; (ii) a period of transition to conjugality; (iii) a way of life for the long term. Impli-cations for transitions research are raised, in particular how to grapple with bio-graphies that are ‘transitionless’ in the relational sphere.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: sociologie; jeunesse; transitions; vivre seul
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 16 nov. 2020 20:15
Dernière modification: 16 nov. 2020 20:15
URI: http://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/10142

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