Once Upon a Time—and They lived Happily Ever After? The Pure Relationship and Love Relationships in the Italian Context
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University of Bologna
Publication date: 2010-03-22
Polish Sociological Review 2010;169(1):21–40
The purpose of this essay is to examine whether the theory of the pure relationship advanced by Anthony Giddens can be used to explain love relationships in Italy. The essay is structured as follows: we start with a presentation of the pure relationship (§ 1) and why I hold that to remain as faithful as possible to the essential presuppositions of this model we need to study the phenomenon of the free union between two people (§ 2). In the third section I present statistics from the 2003 ISTAT study Multifunctional analysis of the family and move on in the fourth section to draw conclusions taking this data into account.