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Family Composition and Remarriage in Pre-Transitional Italy: A Comparative Study

  • Marco Breschi
  • Alessio Fornasin
  • Matteo Manfredini
  • Marianna Zacchigna
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Abstract

It is well known that timing and intensity of remarriage were strictly dependent upon demographic, socio-economic, cultural and legislative factors specific to each community. Thus, the aim of this paper is to compare the extent to which such factors may affect the remarriage patterns of three pre-transitional Italian populations that were different in many respects. By using micro-level data of the sharecropping communities of Casalguidi and Madregolo and the Alpine village of Treppo Carnico, we highlighted similarities and differences in the respective remarriage patterns, in particular, the far lower intensity in the mountain community with respect to the sharecropping ones. Our findings show that along with differences in the demographic system, household structure and land tenure, normative elements concerning widows and the dotal system could in part explain the differentials we found.

Keywords

Remarriage Household Structure Italy 

Résumé

Il est bien connu que le calendrier et l’intensité des remariages dépendent de façon stricte des facteurs démographiques, socio-économiques, culturels et législatifs spécifiques à chaque communauté. Dans cette perspective, l’objectif de cette étude est d’apprécier le rôle de ces facteurs dans les modalités de remariage de trois populations très différentes de l’Italie d’avant la transition. En utilisant des données à l’échelle micro en provenance des communautés de métayers de Casaguildi et Madregolo et du village Alpin de Treppo Carnico, nous avons mis en évidence des similarités et des différences dans les modalités des remariages, et en particulier une intensité bien moindre du phénomène dans la communauté montagnarde que dans les communautés de métayers. Nos résultats indiquent que, en parallèle aux différences en matière de système démographique, de structure des ménages et de régime de propriété foncière, des éléments normatifs concernant le veuvage et le système de dot pourraient expliquer une partie des différences observées.

Mots-clés

Remariage Structure des ménages Italie 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marco Breschi
    • 1
  • Alessio Fornasin
    • 2
  • Matteo Manfredini
    • 3
  • Marianna Zacchigna
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of SassariSassariItaly
  2. 2.Department of StatisticsUniversity of UdineUdineItaly
  3. 3.Department of Genetics Anthropology EvolutionUniversity of Parma, Parco Area delle ScienzeParmaItaly

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