Volume 50 supplement 13 (2005)


IRSH 50 supplement

Marriage Choices and Class Boundaries: Social Endogamy in History

Edited by Marco H.D. van Leeuwen, Ineke Maas and Andrew Miles

Who marries whom is an acid test of the formation and decay of social classes. Endogamy according to social origin is thus central to social history. The chapters in this volume study long waves of endogamy in several European regions and one South American region. Did partner selection change over time, and were there regional differences? What factors determined who marries whom? And has the relative importance of these factors changed during the past two or three centuries? The contributions to this volume have all employed the same social class scheme to answer these questions, and this volume is therefore the first ever comparative historical study of social endogamy. The case studies presented here are preceded by a state-of-the-art theoretical introduction on the determinants of trends in social endogamy. The volume concludes with a discussion of the first truly comparative empirical results from studies of social endogamy in the past.


Marco H.D. van Leeuwen and Ineke Maas, Endogamy and Social Class in History: An Overview

Katherine Holt, Marriage Choices in a Plantation Society: Bahia, Brazil [summary]

Hans Henrik Bull, Deciding Whom to Marry in a Rural Two-Class Society: Social Homogamy and Constraints in the Marriage Market in Rendalen, Norway 1750-1900 [summary]

Reto Schumacher and Luigi Lorenzetti, "We have no proletariat": Social Stratification and Occupational Homogamy in Industrial Switzerland. Winterthur 1909/10-1928 [summary]

Marie-Pierre Arrizabalaga, Pyrenean Marriage Strategies in the Nineteenth Century: The French Basque Case [summary]

Margareth Lanzinger, Homogamy in a Society Oriented to Stability: A Micro Study of a South Tyrolean Market Town, 1700-1900 [summary]

Martin Dribe and Christer Lundh, Finding the Right Partner: Rural Homogamy in Nineteenth-Century Sweden [summary]

Bart Van de Putte, Michel Oris, Muriel Neven, Koen Matthijs, Migration, Occupational Identity and Societal Openness in Nineteenth-Century Belgium [summary]

Jean-Pierre Pélissier, Danièle Rébaudo, Marco H.D. van Leeuwen, Ineke Maas, Migration and Endogamy According to Social Class: France, 1803-1986 [summary]

Hilde Bras and Jan Kok, "They live in indifference together": Marriage mobility in Zeeland, The Netherlands, 1796-1922 [summary]

Marco H.D. van Leeuwen and Ineke Maas, Total and Relative Endogamy by Social Origin: A First International Comparison of Changes in Marriage Choices during the Nineteenth Century [summary]