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"At age 27, she gets furious" : scripts on marriage and life course variation in The Netherlands, 1850-1970

"Mit 27 Jahren wird sie unruhig" : Skripte über Ehe und Lebenslauf-Variation in den Niederlanden, 1850-1970
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Kok, Jan

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Abstract "Marrying too old, too young, or not at all could elicit scorn from all sides: family, friends and neighbours. The same could occur when a partner was much younger or older. During modernization new societal norms on marriage are supposed to have emerged and to have become more pervasive, as individual access to and timing of marriage became less dependent on family fortunes and family strategies. In this article, life courses of more than 15.000 Dutch individuals are studied in order to answer the question: was their timing of marriage and choice of partner related to (changing) life scripts - and what social or cultural groups were the carriers of these scripts - or still predominantly determined by family dynamics?" (author's abstract)
Keywords Netherlands; nineteenth century; twentieth century; wedding; marriage; age; choice of partner; social norm; socioeconomic factors; cultural factors; gender-specific factors; woman
Classification Social History, Historical Social Research; Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies; Family Sociology, Sociology of Sexual Behavior
Method empirical; quantitative empirical; historical
Free Keywords celibacy; late marriage; early marriage; age homogamy; life scripts
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 113-132
Journal Historical Social Research, 39 (2014) 1
Issue topic Cultural life scripts
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works