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Exploring civil partnership from the perspective of those in mixed-sex relationships: Embracing a clean slate of equality

Hayfield, Nikki; Jones, Bethan; Carter, Julia; Jowett, Adam

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Bethan Jones

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Julia Carter Julia.Carter@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology

Adam Jowett



Abstract

Civil partnerships first became available to mixed-sex couples in England and Wales in December 2019. To date, there has been no research exploring the perspectives of mixed-sex couples who choose to become civil partners. We interviewed 21 people, as individuals or in couples, who were considering, planning, or had already entered into a civil partnership. Our thematic analysis resulted in two themes. In Free from the patriarchal baggage of marriage: Civil partnership as a clean slate of equality, we discuss how participants portrayed marriage as imbued with problematic traditions. In contrast, civil partnerships were portrayed as a contemporary form of relationship recognition that was in fitting for them and their relationships. In the second theme, Doing thing differently? Rejecting or reimagining weddings we discuss how participants critiqued traditions to navigate whether and how to reject them entirely, or attempt to creatively reimagine them. We consider the implications of our results.

Citation

Hayfield, N., Jones, B., Carter, J., & Jowett, A. (in press). Exploring civil partnership from the perspective of those in mixed-sex relationships: Embracing a clean slate of equality. Journal of Family Issues, https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X231194298

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 28, 2023
Online Publication Date Aug 14, 2023
Deposit Date Jun 29, 2023
Publicly Available Date Aug 17, 2023
Journal Journal of Family Issues
Print ISSN 0192-513X
Electronic ISSN 1552-5481
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X231194298
Keywords Heterosexual; Marriage; Relationships; Patriarchy; Weddings
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/10895750

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