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Long-Term Perspectives on Divorce in the Nordic Countries: Introduction
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7559-2571
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of History, ISSN 0346-8755, E-ISSN 1502-7716, Vol. 43, no 1, p. 1-17Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Nordic countries are often put forward as forerunners in the acceptance of permissive divorce practices and in the shift away from a patriarchal family system during the twentieth century. This special issue focuses on the long term historical path dependencies that make Nordic institutions and norms regarding divorce stand out as liberal and individualistic in an international comparison, but also shed new light on the differences that exist between the countries. Specific traits that are raised is the role played by the shared Lutheran culture that facilitated the breakthrough of a secular notion of marriage as a civil contract, but also the important role played by the first wave feminist movement in all of the Nordic countries for the early breakthrough of liberal divorce laws. However, it is clear that permissive norms and institutions have tended to spread in two distinct waves with leaders and laggards within the Nordic context. In the early twentieth century, Denmark and Norway spearheaded the shift to bi-lateral no-fault divorce. In the 1970s, Sweden took over as the leader when the country adopted unilateral no-fault divorce while Finland consistently has tended to stand out as the conservative laggard within the Nordic context.

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Routledge, 2018. Vol. 43, no 1, p. 1-17
Keywords [en]
Union dissolution, Marriage legislation, Divorce, Second Demographic Transition
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-142310DOI: 10.1080/03468755.2017.1384661ISI: 000425798600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85032796872OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-142310DiVA, id: diva2:1160384
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Introduktion till temanummer "Historical Perspectives on Divorce and Union Dissolution in the Nordic Countries"

Introduction to special issue: "Historical Perspectives on Divorce and Union Dissolution in the Nordic Countries"

Available from: 2017-11-27 Created: 2017-11-27 Last updated: 2018-09-13Bibliographically approved

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