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Project

Family formation, family dissolution and reproduction in the Netherlands

The aim of this project is to describe and analyse the processes of union formation, union dissolution and family formation in the Netherlands since the early 19th century.

The project encompasses a number of subprojects all of which relate to the various stages of the family formation process: the ages at which couples are formed, the choice of spouse and factors which have an impact on this process, marital dissolution and remarriage, the reproductive process and the changes therein, and consequences for children in the Netherlands in the period 1815-1970. Various data sets are used with information on the individual and macro-level: complete collections of birth, death and marriage certificates, municipal population registers, genealogical data, published statistical data, and secondary literature.

In recent years attention has mainly focussed on Long-term changes in the geography of partner choice as an indicator of widening horizons of the Dutch population; Changing patterns of age homogamy in Europe; Kin networks and marriages between kin;Changing household and family structures during the demographic transition and their effects on children;Long-term fertility decline and the role of institutions.

Percentage children at age 15 in incomplete families, by year of birth and type of family

Percentage children at age 15 in incomplete families, by year of birth and type of family

Publications

Reher, D.S., Sandström, G., Sanz-Gimeno, A. & Poppel, F.W.A. van (2017),
Agency in fertility decisions in Western Europe during the demographic transition: A comparative perspective. Demography 54 (1): 3-22. [URL]
Ekamper, P. & Poppel, F.W.A. van (2014),
Crossing the Dutch borders in the past: lessons from marriage registers. In: Dalen, H. van & Esveldt, I. (eds.), Nico van Nimwegen: The resourceful demographer. Liber Amicorum. (2014) The Hague p. 102-109. {pdf]
Ekamper, P. & Poppel, F.W.A. van (2012),
Liefde met en zonder grenzen: de geografische horizon van huwelijkspartners in Limburg in de negentiende en vroege twintigste eeuw. In: Knotter, A. & Rutten, W., Studies over de sociaal-economische geschiedenis van Limburg. (2012) Maastricht p. 79-103.
Poppel, F. van (2012),
De familie Doorsnee tegen het licht; anderhalve eeuw veranderingen in de Nederlandse familiestructuur, Inaugurele rede, Utrecht / Den Haag: Universiteit Utrecht / Nederlands Interdisciplinair Demografisch Instituut. 24 p. [pdf]
  De familie Doorsnee tegen het licht; anderhalve eeuw veranderingen in de Nederlandse familiestructuur
Ekamper, P., F. van Poppel & K. Mandemakers (2011),
Widening horizons? The geography of the marriage market in nineteenth- and early-twentieth century Netherlands. In: M. Gutmann, G. Deane, E. Merchant & K. Sylvester (eds.), Navigating time and space in population studies. International Studies in Population 9, Springer, p. 115-160. [pdf]
Vikström, L., F. van Poppel & B. van de Putte (2011),
New light on the divorce transition. Journal of Family History 36 (2): 107-117. [pdf]
Ekamper, P., C. Faes & F. van Poppel (2010),
'Vrijers die van verre komen, zijn te schromen'; geografische homogamie van huwelijkspartners, 1812-1922. Mens en Maatschappij 85 (4): 380-404. [pdf]
Poppel, F. van, P. Tammes & N. Schenk (2010),
Opgroeien in de stad en op het platteland. Verschillen in de gezinssituatie van kinderen in de late negentiende en vroegtwintigste eeuw. In: K. Matthijs, B. van de Putte, J. Kok & H. Bras (eds.), Leven in de Lage Landen. Historisch-demografisch onderzoek in Vlaanderen en Nederland. Leuven/Den Haag: Acco, p. 53-72.
Somers, A. & F. van Poppel (2010),
Priest, parishioner and posterity: a Dutch urban legend or historical fact? The History of the Family 15 (2): 174-190. [pdf]
Bras, H., F. van Poppel & K. Mandemakers (2009),
Relatives as spouses: Preferences and opportunities for kin marriage in a Western society. American Journal of Human Biology 21 (6): 793-804. [pdf]
Gaalen, R. van & F. van Poppel (2009),
Long-term changes in the living arrangements of children in the Netherlands. Journal of Family Issues 30 (5): 653-669. [pdf]
Poppel, F.W.A. van, H.P. van Dalen & E. Walhout (2009),
Diffusion of a social norm: tracing the emergence of the housewife in the Netherlands, 1812-1922. Economic History Review 62 (1): 99-127. [pdf]
Putte, B. van de, F. van Poppel, S. Vanassche, M. Sanchez, S. Jidkova, M. Eeckhaut, M. Oris & K. Matthijs (2009),
The rise of age homogamy in 19th century Western Europe. Journal of Marriage and Family 71 (5): 1234-1253. [pdf]
Poppel, F. van, C. Monden & K. Mandemakers (2008),
Marriage timing over the generations. Human Nature 19 (1): 7-22. [pdf]
Gaalen, R. van & F. van Poppel (2007),
Kinderen en de veranderingen in de gezinsstructuur in de afgelopen anderhalve eeuw. In: T. van der Lippe, P.A. Dykstra, G. Kraaykamp & J. Schippers (eds.), De maakbaarheid van de levensloop. Assen: Van Gorcum, p. 21-42.
Poppel, F. van & R. van Gaalen (2007),
Kinderen, gezinnen en familie. In: W. Koops, B. Levering & M. de Winter (eds.), Het kind als spiegel van de beschaving; een moderne antropologie van het kind. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij SWP, p. 97-114.


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