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

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Published
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2013
<mark>Journal</mark>British Journal of Sociology of Education
Issue number1
Volume34
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)94-111
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date18/07/12
<mark>Original language</mark>English

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