Volume 22 - Article 14 | Pages 347-382

Marriage choices and social reproduction: The interrelationship between partner selection and intergenerational socioeconomic mobility in 19th-century Sweden

By Martin Dribe, Christer Lundh

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Date received:05 Sep 2009
Date published:12 Mar 2010
Word count:7983
Keywords:age homogamy, geographic endogamy, intergenerational social mobility, partner selection, social homogamy, socioeconomic attainment
DOI:10.4054/DemRes.2010.22.14
Weblink:You will find all publications in this Special Collection “Social Mobility and Demographic Behaviour: A Long-Term Perspective” at http://www.demographic-research.org/special/10/
 

Abstract

This article studies the relationship between partner selection and socioeconomic status (SES) attainment and mobility in five rural parishes in southern Sweden, 1815-1894. Three different aspects of partner selection are considered: age, social origin, and geographical origin. We use an individual-level database containing information on the SES origin (parental land holding and occupation), age difference, and place of birth of the married couple. The results show a powerful association between partner selection and SES attainment and mobility. Social heterogamy was particularly important, but age heterogamy and geographic exogamy was also clearly related to both SES attainment and mobility.

Author's Affiliation

Martin Dribe - University of Lund, Sweden [Email]
Christer Lundh - University of Gothenburg, Sweden [Email]

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