At least two different narratives have circulated at different times in the West regarding the single life and how it is valued. On the one hand, there is a narrative that depicts the single life as incomplete and single people as invariably lonely. On the other hand, there is another, possibly more powerful narrative, its origins dating from the 1950s and 1960s, in which the single life is represented as exotic, perhaps even threatening because the presence of single people challenges the conventional path from teenage, heterosexual romance(s) to married life with its associated duties and familial responsibilities.


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  • Peter Robinson
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  1. 1.Swinburne University of TechnologyAustralia

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