Partner Choice and Homogamy in the Nineteenth Century: Was There a Sexual Revolution in Europe?

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Leeuwen, Marco H.D.; Maas, Ineke;
(2002)
  • Subject: Parental consent | 1789-1900 | Mate selection | Marriage | Social conditions | History | Europe
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In this article long-term changes in homogamy during industrialization are studied. According to the `sexual revolution thesis' of Shorter industrialization weakened homogamy mainly by changing the preferences of young people. Others point to the importance of changes i... View more
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