A remote marriage: The theory and practice of being apart and staying together.

Wigan, Marcus (2008) A remote marriage: The theory and practice of being apart and staying together. In: Remote relationships in a small world. Peter Land, New York, pp. 277-284. ISBN 9780830486307

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Small children, a time consuming job, and remote living are not conducive to a happy life. Why does one choose to do it? If one has to, how can one arrange one's life to make a family work? What can communications do to help? It is easy to ask the questions, but, until one has had to do it, the answers might seem to be either insuperable or straightforward. Actually, living it creates a new reality where both seem to be largely irrelevant. Having lived it, this
chapter can be seen to be action research and is my own personal narrative of progress and shifts in communication technologies and how they helped (or didn't help) to keep in touch. But, while my own views may give some insight
into the adaptations of the involuntary traveller, it is necessary to include the perspectives of the other party as well, and so, in writing this chapter, I also consulted my wife for her version of the memories and experiences of
our own remote relationship. The events of which we speak are of two types and in two very different eras. The first was in the early to mid-1990s, when email and web access were just beginning to make an initial gentle impact on
the community at large; the second was in the last seven years, when the range and rate of communications and media options had changed fundamentally and

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 9780830486307
Additional Information: Wigan, M.R. A remote marriage: The theory and practice of being apart and staying together. IN - S. Holland ed. Remote relationships in a small world. New York: Peter Land. ISBN: 9780830486307. Chapter XIV, pp 277-284.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Communications; Transport; Relationship;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Transport Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation > 384 Communications; telecommunication
900 History & geography > 910 Geography & travel > 910 Geography & travel
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 302 Social interaction
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Item ID: 2513
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Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2009 09:37
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2015 10:51

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