Intersectional inequalities and intimate relationships: Dating, class and ‘race/ethnicity’ among divorced women in the ‘second phase’ of life

Sarah Milton, Kaveri Qureshi

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Abstract

Responding to increasing discomfort with the lack of diversity in studies of intimacy in later life, this paper explores the making of couple relationships among White British middle-class women and British Asian working-class women in their ‘second phase of life’. We consider what intimacy means for women at this juncture in mid-life and how they traverse the socio-sexual spaces of dating post-divorce. We examine how women’s navigation of dating reproduces wider structures of inequality in intimate life. Talk of compatibility is examined as a veil for the classed and racialized habitus, and deeply implicated in the reproduction of social structures. Racial-ethnic and class inequalities are co-constitutive of the gender and age inequalities stacked against older women’s efforts at repartnering. We therefore contend that repartnering is a matter of concern for intersectional feminism.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSociology
Early online date20 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • ageing
  • class
  • dating
  • divorce
  • gender
  • heterosexuality
  • intimacy
  • intersectionality
  • race/ethnicity

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