New infidelities? Life stories on infidelity 1960-2020
The aim of the project is to explore how social dimensions form intimate and sexual practices and how this changes over time, using infidelity as the example. Qualitative data will be analyzed to answer the following research questions: how have social definitions, moral boundaries and norms regarding infidelity changed during the period 1940-2020? How do social contexts affect experiences of infidelity? How does infidelity affect intimate and social relationships in a person's life? What is the significance of digitalization in relation to infidelity?
Research on infidelity is extensive, but has to a very small extent explored how social contexts and relationships form experiences of infidelity, or how infidelity affects social relationships beyond intimate relationships. This means that the project will fill an existing gap in this research area. The project will explore stories about infidelity in people between 18 and 90 years of age. The project method consists of collection of digital life stories, and, if possible, interviews where important themes from the life stories can be explored in depth.