Similarity in difference : marriage in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900
- [edited by] Christer Lundh and Satomi Kurosu, et al.
- Cambridge Massachusetts : The MIT Press, 2014.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource : illustrations.
- MIT Press Eurasian population and family history series.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Tables, Figures, and Maps; Contributors; Series Foreword; Acknowledgments; Part I: Introduction;
- 1 Challenging the East-West Binary;
- 2 Eurasian Marriage: Actorsand Structures;
- 3 Nuptiality: Local Populations, Sources, and Models; Part II: Comparative Demographies;
- 4 The Roads to Reproduction: Comparing Life-Course Trajectories in Preindustrial Eurasia;
- 5 The Influence of Economic Factors on First Marriage in Historical Europe and Asia;
- 6 Remarriage, Gender, and Rural Households; Part III: Local Histories;
- 7 Social Norms and Human Agency.
- 8 Prudence as Obstinate Resistance to Pressure9 Between Constraints and Coercion;
- 10 Economic and Household Factors of First Marriage inTwo Northeastern Japanese Villages, 1716-1870;
- 11 Categorical Inequality and Gender Difference; Part IV: Conclusion;
- 12 Similarities and Differences in Pre-modern Eurasian Marriage; References; Index.
A study of marriage in preindustrial Europe and Asia that goes beyond the Malthusian East-West dichotomy to find variation within regions and commonality across regions. Since Malthus, an East-West dichotomy has been used to characterize marriage behavior in Asia and Europe. Marriages in Asia were said to be early and universal, in Europe late and non-universal. In Europe, marriages were supposed to be the result of individual choices but, in Asia, decided by families and communities. This book challenges this binary taxonomy of marriage patterns and family systems. Drawing on richer and more nuanced data, the authors compare the interpretations based on aggregate demographic patterns with studies of individual actions in local populations. Doing so, they are able to analyze simultaneously the influence on marriage decisions of individual demographic features, socioeconomic status and composition of the household, and local conditions, and the interactions of these variables. They find differences between East and West but also variation within regions and commonality across regions. The book studies local populations in Sweden, Belgium, Italy, Japan, and China. Rather than a simple comparison of aggregate marriage patterns, it examines marriage outcomes and determinants of local populations in different countries using similar data and methods. The authors first present the results of comparative analyses of first marriage and remarriage and then offer chapters each of which is devoted to the results from a specific country. Similarity in Difference is the third in a prizewinning series on the demographic history of Eurasia, following Life under Pressure (2004) and Prudence and Pressure (2009), both published by the MIT Press.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Marriage > Europe > 18th century.
- Marriage > Europe > 19th century.
- Marriage > Asia > 18th century.
- Marriage > Asia > 19th century.
- POLITICAL SCIENCE > Public Policy > Cultural Policy.
- SOCIAL SCIENCE > Anthropology > Cultural.
- SOCIAL SCIENCE > Popular Culture.
- SOCIAL SCIENCE > Sociology > Marriage & Family.
- SOCIAL SCIENCES/Sociology
- ECONOMICS/International Economics
- Publication date
- The MIT Press Eurasian population and family history series
- 9780262325837 (electronic bk.)
- 0262325837 (electronic bk.)
- 9780262027946 (print)