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Marriage Choices and Class Boundaries


  • 10 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 302 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.41 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521685467 | ISBN-10: 052168546X)

Marriage choice plays a crucial role in the formation and decay of social classes. Endogamy, the custom forbidding marriage outside one's social class, is thus central to social history. The study considers the factors determining who married whom, whether partner selection has changed over time and regional differences between Europe and South America. The volume also questions to what extent these factors have changed over the past three hundred years. The case studies presented are preceded by a state-of-the-art theoretical introduction on the determinants influencing trends in social endogamy. Each contributor has employed the same social-class scheme and thus the volume is the first comparative study of social endogamy in an historical context.

• Covers social movements • Addresses popular intellectuals • Examines Africa, Asia and Latin America, using insights from social-movement theory (among others)


1. Endogamy and social class in history: an overview Marco H. D. van Leeuwen and Ineke Maas; 2. Marriage choices in a plantation society: Bahia, Brazil Katherine Holt; 3. Deciding whom to marry in a rural two-class society: social homogamy and constraints in the marriage market in Rendalen, Norway, 1750–1900 Hans Henrik Bull; 4. 'We have no proletariat': social stratification and occupational homogamy in industrial Switzerland, Winterthur 1909/10–28 Reto Schumacher and Luigi Lorenzetti; 5. Pyrenean marriage strategies in the nineteenth century: the French Basque case Marie-Pierre Arrizabalaga; 6. Homogamy in a society orientated towards stability: a micro-study of a South Tyrolean market town, 1700–1900 Margareth Lanzinger; 7. Finding the right partner: rural homogamy in nineteenth-century Sweden Martin Dribe and Christer Lundh; 8. Migration, occupational identity, and societal openness in nineteenth-century Belgium Bart Van de Putte, Michel Oris, Muriel Neven and Koen Matthijs; 9. Migration and endogamy according to social class: France, 1803–1986 Jean-Pierre Pélissier, Danielè Rébaudo, Marco H. D. van Leeuwen and Ineke Maas; 10. 'They live in indifference together': marriage mobility in Zeeland, The Netherlands, 1796–1922 Hilde Bras and Jan Kok; 11. Total and relative endogamy by social origin: a first international comparison of changes in marriage choices during the nineteenth century Ineke Maas and Marco H. D. van Leeuwen.


Marco H. D. van Leeuwen, Ineke Maas, Katherine Holt, Hans Henrik Bull, Reto Schumacher, Luigi Lorenzetti, Marie-Pierre Arrizabalaga, Margareth Lanzinger, Martin Dribe, Christer Lundh, Bart Van de Putte, Michel Oris, Muriel Neven, Koen Matthijs, Jean-Pierre Pélissier, Danielè Rébaudo, Hilde Bras, Jan Kok

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