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Renée B. Dandurand, Roch Hurtubise

For nearly 40 years, the couple has been undergoing transformations and changing its nature: fragility, precariousness and instability related to the decline of marriage, the rise of divorce and free union, new forms of cohabitation, and attributed to individualistic tendencies, changes in gender relations and the conjugal cycle, or to the erosion of moral and symbolic references. Yet, the ideal of fidelity and permanence remains strongly present, as evidenced by surveys of young people about their personal and family projects (Pronovost and Royer, 2003). What about contemporary conjugality in postmodern societies?