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Boundaries of intimacy

Lynn Jamieson

in Families in society

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346438
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302292 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346438.003.0011
Boundaries of intimacy

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This chapter focuses on practices of intimacy, moving the book from an analysis of families to relationships more widely. It notes that there are contradictory claims about the meaning and significance of intimacy and that there has been attention to boundaries in the conceptualisation of intimacy as well as in how it is practised. Typically, two main boundaries have been identified: boundaries between the familial and non-familial, although these are becoming increasingly blurred; and exclusionary boundaries between intimates (traditionally typified as couples) and the wider community, although again this boundary may be contested. The chapter contends that not all practices of intimacy require exclusionary boundaries and that boundaries have been overemphasised in the conceptualisation of intimacy.

Keywords: intimacy; familial intimacy; non-familial intimacy; couples; personal relationships

Chapter.  6696 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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