A Genealogy of Serial Monogamy: Shifting Regulations of Intimacy in Twentieth-Century Sweden

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title A Genealogy of Serial Monogamy: Shifting Regulations of Intimacy in Twentieth-Century Sweden
Author(s) Andersson, Catrine
Date 2015
English abstract
This article traces a genealogy of serial monogamy in Swedish policy documents (SOU) during the twentieth century. Analyses of renegotiations of marital morality, introduction of more liberal divorce laws, and the introduction of regulations of unmarried cohabitation show that societal norms as well as legal reforms have normalized serial monogamy as state regulation and social practice. The role of marriage as a societal stabilizer has increasingly been taken over by the idea of family, but interestingly durability and stability are concepts invoked during the process of decline of the ideal of lifelong marriage.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0363199015569708 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Sage
Host/Issue Journal of Family History;2
Volume 40
ISSN 0363-1990
Pages 195-207
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) marriage
cohabitation
serial monogamy
regulation
Sweden
genealogy
Humanities/Social Sciences
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Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19791 (link to this page)

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