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The marriage boom: Spanish and Swedish women making sense of marriage during the marriage boom
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Population Studies (CPS). (Ageing and Living Conditions Programme (ALC))
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Population Studies (CPS). (Ageing and Living Conditions Programme (ALC))
2015 (English)In: The History of the Family, ISSN 1081-602X, Vol. 20, no 1, 69-85 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyzes the marriage boom that took place during the middle decades of the twentieth century. The increase in nuptiality is analyzed in Spain and Sweden from a qualitative perspective, and the authors describe how cultural, social, economic and institutional transformations were understood by women who were in their reproductive period during the marriage boom. In-depth interviews were conducted in both places with 51 women born between 1919 and 1951. The authors argue that it is important that the ways in which the factors previously identified as decisive of the marriage boom are studied for their motivating power, and the way they were or were not made important in people's understandings of their marital practices. The results show that despite the differences between the national contexts of Spain and Sweden, three interrelated themes recurred when the interviewed women framed their marital choices: (1) the normalization of marriage as a life event; (2) religion; (3) and education and work life. The results also suggest that the women highlighted norm systems within which their choices and decisions were made, rather than describing individual choices and decisions as stemming from individual preferences and wishes.

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2015. Vol. 20, no 1, 69-85 p.
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social constraints, religion, Sweden, education, Spain, marriage boom, working life
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Cultural Studies Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-100779DOI: 10.1080/1081602X.2014.989248ISI: 000349152500005OAI: diva2:800058
Available from: 2015-04-01 Created: 2015-03-09 Last updated: 2015-04-01Bibliographically approved

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