About Yang Hu

Yang Hu is a Senior Researcher in Sociology at The University of Essex. Yang received his Ph.D and MPhil in Sociology as a Gates Scholar from The University of Cambridge. His research interests include intergenerational relations, family and gender, and ethnicity and migration.

Living Apart Together and Cohabitation Intentions in Britain

The past century has witnessed significant changes in the ways people practice their relationships. A century ago marriage was ‘in vogue,’ and people in an intimate relationship seldom lived with a partner before getting married. However, since the 1970s, there has been a trend towards pre-marital cohabitation, followed closely by a rising prevalence of cohabitation without marriage. At the dawn of the 21st century, ‘living apart together (LAT)’ — that is, a couple in a steady and committed relationship who live apart in two separate households — is a new buzzword hailed to predict the future of intimate partnerships.

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