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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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Social Norms and Human Agency

Social Norms and Human Agency

Marriage in Nineteenth-Century Sweden

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(p.211) 7 Social Norms and Human Agency
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Similarity in Difference
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Martin Dribe

Christer Lundh

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027946.003.0007

This chapter analyses patterns of first marriage and remarriage in nineteenth-century Sweden. Qualitative sources are used to chart the culture and traditions surrounding marriage, and quantitative analysis using longitudinal individual-level data is employed to study determinants of marriage and partner selection in a rural community of Scania, the southernmost province of Sweden. The analysis shows that marriage in pre-industrial Sweden was governed by strong norms and was a crucial aspect of both household formation and social reproduction. There was also room for individual agency, but generally speaking few of the individual and family characteristics analyzed had strong effects on the observed marriage pattern. Even though both socioeconomic status and the demographic context played a role in the timing and incidence of marriage, the most striking aspect of the marriage pattern is the similarity across different subgroups.

Keywords:   first marriage, partner selection, remarriage, pre-nuptial courtship, nineteenth-century Sweden, event-history analysis

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