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Similarity in DifferenceMarriage in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900$
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Christer Lundh and Satomi Kurosu

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027946

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027946.001.0001

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Categorical Inequality and Gender Difference

Categorical Inequality and Gender Difference

Marriage and Remarriage in Northeast China, 1749–1913

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(p.393) 11 Categorical Inequality and Gender Difference
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Similarity in Difference
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Shuang Chen

Cameron Campbell

James Lee

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027946.003.0011

We examine the effects of institutional, family and socioeconomic characteristics on the chances of first marriage and remarriage in Northeast China from the end of the eighteenth century to the beginning of the 20th century. We make use of two longitudinal datasets—CMGPD-LN and CMGPD-SC—that contain 2.6 million observations of 340,000 individuals in 800 communities in Liaoning and Heilongjiang provinces. Our results are consistent with predictions based on male hypogamy and female hypergamy in Northeast China during Qing dynasty (1644–1912). Family characteristics and socioeconomic status that promoted male marriage delayed female marriage. The results also reveal that institutional affiliation was a key structural influence on marriage and remarriage behaviors, even after accounting for differences on other variables.

Keywords:   Marriage, China, Qing dynasty, remarriage, socioeconomic status

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