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The turning points of the single life course in Budapest, Hungary

Ágnes Sántha

in Biography and turning points in Europe and America

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9781847428608
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307655 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428608.003.0008
The turning points of the single life course in Budapest, Hungary

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Sántha studies the specific phases and turning points of the life course that influence whether young people choose to be single as a way of life or become single by virtue of structural conditions. The research focuses on a group of relatively young (25-40), urban singles from Budapest, who live alone, don’t' have either a durable partnership or children, and are from the upper social strata with a high level of education. The methodology entailed conducting life course interviews with 15 Hungarian singles, eight women and seven men, and relying on discourse analysis. Inquiring how turning points relate to the experience of being single, Sántha finds that in spite of increasing numbers and the individualization thesis, Hungarian singles experience singleness as a transitory stage in life, whether they have intentionally chosen it or they live alone independently of their will.

Keywords: turning points; life course; singles; interviews; discourse analysis; urban; Hungary

Chapter.  7263 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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