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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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The Roads to Reproduction

The Roads to Reproduction

Comparing Life-Course Trajectories in Preindustrial Eurasia

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(p.89) 4 The Roads to Reproduction
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Similarity in Difference
Author(s):

Martin Dribe

Matteo Manfredini

Michel Oris

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027946.003.0004

This chapter studies the transition to first birth using a sequential approach analyzing trajectories in a comparative perspective across seven Eurasian populations. The analysis makes use of individual level data organized into sequences of life-course transitions. It shows that well-known differences between the East and the West in timing and incidence of marriage did not translate into similarly large differences in the timing and incidence of first births. Especially women in the Asian populations had early and universal marriage. Even though Asian families started reproduction several years earlier than European families, the differences were considerably smaller for the timing of first birth than first marriage. When disaggregating patterns by socioeconomic status and gender it is clear that there were substantial differences within Europe and Asia as well in terms of life course transitions, further questioning the validity of a simple East-West dichotomy.

Keywords:   life-course transitions, sequence analysis, leaving home, first birth, Eurasia, socioeconomic status

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