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Freedom to Divorce or Protection of marriage?: The Divorce Laws in Denmark, Norway and Sweden in the Early Twentieth Century
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Family History, ISSN 0363-1990, E-ISSN 1552-5473, Vol. 36, no 2, 191-209 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the period 1909—1927, new laws concerning divorce and marriage were enacted by the Scandinavian countries. Both at the time and more recently, these laws were considered as ‘‘liberal’’ as they promoted greater freedom to divorce based on individuality and gender equality. In this article, the authors first analyze the changes in these Family laws in the early twentieth century. Then, the authors study the effect of these laws on divorce and marriage patterns. As these laws did not modify the trend in divorce rates, the authors ask why this was the case. The authors’ conclusions are that the laws were more concerned with preserving the sanctity of marriage and maintaining social order than with promoting individual freedom and gender equality.

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Sage , 2011. Vol. 36, no 2, 191-209 p.
Keyword [en]
Scandinavia, Scandinavian legislative cooperation, divorce, marriage, laws, women´s status, gender equality, individuality
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Economic History
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Humanities, History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-11199DOI: 10.1177/0363199011398433OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-11199DiVA: diva2:405642
Available from: 2011-03-23 Created: 2011-03-23 Last updated: 2012-01-16Bibliographically approved

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