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Another time
in A table for one

This book concludes with the questions and themes raised in the introduction. By examining some primary examples of single women’s resistance, a new agenda for singlehood studies is promoted. Such paths are still rarely recognised in mainstream society, and reflect the need to harness conventional hegemonic discourses. They also point to the possibility that singlehood is both a social category and an analytical tool for questioning some of our core understandings of the normative and the natural. By extension, challenging what are often taken as established and naturalized facts can circumvent some of the rigid temporal conventions that govern our perceptions of subjectivity and sociality, as well as provoking new ways of thinking about what is considered as right and normal. The assertion which is stressed here is that a reconfiguration of time can contest our preconceived notions about singlehood and gendered timelines, clocks and schedules and also paves the way for claiming temporal agency.

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A table for one

A critical reading of singlehood, gender and time

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