The modernization of the Western World. An international comparative analysis of marital partner selection (1800-1914).

01 January 2009 → 31 December 2014
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • History
  • Social sciences
    • Economic history
    • Applied sociology
    • Demography
    • Policy and administration
    • Social change
    • Social psychology
    • Social stratification
    • Social theory and sociological methods
    • Sociology of life course, family and health
    • Other sociology and anthropology
societal openness 19th century partner choice homogamy heterogamy
Project description

This project aims at conducting historical comparative analysis of partner choice according to social background, geographical origin and age based on large-scale international datasets. Using these databases, we will test the modernization hypothesis and alternative hypotheses conserning the evolution of societal openness. Special attention will be given to trends, the interrelatedness of differential partner choice criteria and vulnerable groups.