Deaf and unwanted? Marriage characteristics of deaf people in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Belgium:: acomparative and cross-regional approach
2016 (English)In: Continuity and Change, ISSN 0268-4160, E-ISSN 1469-218X, Vol. 31, no 2, 241-273 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Vol. 31, no 2, 241-273 p.
Deaf Belgium Sweden Marriage eighteenth century, nineteenth century
Research subject Historical Demography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-125374DOI: 10.1017/S0268416016000230OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-125374DiVA: diva2:967712
In this article, the marriage characteristics of deaf men and women born in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Belgium are compared to each other, as well as to agroup of non-deaf siblings and a group of Swedish deaf persons. The aim is to determinethe extent to which the marriage pattern of deaf persons lined up with that of non-disabled persons and to see how experiences of disablement interacted with the environment in which persons dwelt. This article challenges the belief in a universal disability experience by arguing that although deaf individuals generally encountered more difficulties in finding a marriage partner, marriage chances were significantly dependent on personal characteristics such as gender, living environment and birthdate. As such, we demonstrate that the relationship between being deaf and being vulnerable on the marriage market was not an inescapable one, but the product of specific environments.2016-09-092016-09-092016-09-09