Solo-camping and solo-hotpots: Rethinking practices and perceptions of singlehood in Japan in COVID-time (by Laura Dales and Nora Kottmann)

Being single is an increasingly common experience for Japanese adults. Not only has the average age at first marriage risen continuously over the last decades, so too has the rate of permanent singlehood. In 1990, 5.6% of men and 4.3% of women were “life-long unmarried”, that is to say, never-married at age 50. In 2020, […]

Singlehood and Companionship: Challenges and Opportunities for New Frameworks (by Roua Al Taweel and Tuuli Innola)

Politics of singlehood are a matter of relevance to the majority of people, as most experience singlehood at some point in their life course. As being such a multidimensional issue, singlehood also serves as a fruitful starting point for wide-ranging sociological and feminist conversations. Singlehood can be studied as a social category, an identity, a […]

Living alone during state of emergency (by Tiina Sihto)

Covid-19 and the measures taken by governments around the world in order to control the pandemic have fundamentally changed the way we currently live our everyday lives and organise our relationships with others. Much of the popular media discussion has revolved around challenges faced by dual-earner families with young children and the possible consequences the […]

The organizational lives of singles (by Andreas Henriksson)

The following text is a shortened version of the keynote speech given by Andreas Henriksson at the launch event for the Research Network of Singlehood Studies that took place on 16-17 December 2019 in Tampere. Singles inhabit most parts of society, including most organizations. Some organizations are solely for singles, including singles’ associations and dating […]

Couplenormativity in the fertility clinic: creatively making families by matching gamete donors with single women recipients in private sector care (by Riikka Homanen)

The following text is a modified version of the panel speech given by Riikka Homanen at the launch event for the Research Network of Singlehood Studies that took place on 16-17 December 2019 in Tampere. In my research I have studied couplenormativity in relation to heteronormativity and homonormativity in the context of fertility treatments, as […]

Disentangling Living Alone, Being Alone, and Feeling Alone: between Cultural Pessimism and Optimism with ‘Modernity’ at Stake (by Christopher Swader)

The following text is a shortened version of the keynote speech given by Christopher Swader at the launch event for the Research Network of Singlehood Studies that took place on 16-17 December 2019 in Tampere. Few themes are closer to the ‘heart’ of modern societies as the related concepts of individualism and individualization. Indeed, since […]

LGBTIQA+ singles: then and now (by Annukka Lahti)

The following text is a slightly modified version of the introduction speech by Annukka Lahti, originally written for the panel discussion on couple-normativity in the launch event of The Research Network of Singlehood Studies that took place on December 17, 2019 in Tampere. During the last twenty years, the political demands by the LGBTIQA+ movement […]

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