Towards a new understanding of cohabitation: Insights from focus group research across Europe and Australia

  title={Towards a new understanding of cohabitation: Insights from focus group research across Europe and Australia},
  author={B. Perelli-Harris and M. Mynarska and A. Berrington and C. Berghammer and A. Evans and O. Isupova and R. Keizer and A. Kl{\"a}rner and T. Lappeg{\aa}rd and Daniele Vignoli},
  journal={Demographic Research},
  • B. Perelli-Harris, M. Mynarska, +7 authors Daniele Vignoli
  • Published 2014
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • Demographic Research
  • BACKGROUND Across the industrialized world, more people are living together without marrying. Although researchers have compared cohabitation cross-nationally using quantitative data, few have compared union formation using qualitative data. OBJECTIVE We use focus group research to compare social norms of cohabitation and marriage in Australia and nine countries in Europe. We explore questions such as: what is the meaning of cohabitation? Is cohabitation indistinguishable from marriage, a… CONTINUE READING
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