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Endogamy and Social Class in History: An Overview

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 December 2005

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The social identities of marriage partners [...] are among the most sensitive and acute indicators of community or class feelings. Who marries whom, without courting alienation or rejection from a social set, is an acid test of the horizons and boundaries of what each particular social set regards as tolerable and acceptable, and a sure indication of where that set draws the line of membership.

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2005 Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis

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We are grateful to Jos Dessens, Chris Gordon, Wim Jansen, Jan Kok, Frank van Tubergen, Lex Heerma van Voss, Richard Zijdeman, and members of the editorial committee of this journal for their comments.
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