Time–space trends in Swedish divorce behaviour 1911–1974
2011 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of History, ISSN 0346-8755, Vol. 36, no 1, 65-90 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study examines how the divorce rate in Sweden has varied over time and across different geographical areas during the period 1911-1974, and how these variations can be connected to the political, socio-economic, and cultural development in Sweden. The analysis provides empirical support for the hypothesis that increased divorce rates has been the result of changes in the structural conditions that determine the degree of economic interdependence between spouses. There is a strong connection between the degree of urbanization and the divorce rate on a regional level for the entire research period. The statistical analysis of the regional data indicates that these patterns are connected to the more diversified economy that has developed in urban settings, in the form of a more qualified labor market and higher wages for females. These characteristics resulted in a faster and more pronounced reduction of economic interdependence between spouses, which made divorce more attainable in these areas as compared to rural settings.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 36, no 1, 65-90 p.
Divorce, Twentieth century, Sweden, Time trends, Gender regime, Regional variations.
History Gender Studies
Research subject History
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-46778DOI: 10.1080/03468755.2010.543521OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-46778DiVA: diva2:440806