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Status Homogamy in the Preindustrial Marriage Market: Partner Selection According to Age, Social Origin, and Place of Birth in Nineteenth-century Rural Sweden

Publiceringsår: 2009
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 387-406
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Journal of Family History
Volym: 34
Nummer: 4
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: SAGE Publications Inc.


This article studies partner selection according to three dimensions: social origin, age, and place of birth. The authors use micro-level data from local population registers in five parishes in southern Sweden from 1815 to 1895.The results confirm that all three aspects were important but that socioeconomic status was the most important characteristic,structuring much of the selection process.The importance of social and age homogamy remained stable over the period, while geographic exogamy became more frequent, which could be interpreted in terms of an increasing openness of rural society.The authors also find some indications of exchange of characteristics in the partner selection process.


  • Economic History
  • age homogamy
  • social homogamy
  • partner selection
  • nineteenth century
  • geographic endogamy
  • marriage market


  • ISSN: 1552-5473

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