Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Albert Esteve, Antonio López-Gay, Julián López-Colás, Iñaki Permanyer, Sheela Kennedy, Benoît Laplante et al.
    Pages 1-23 Open Access
  3. Albert Esteve, Ron J. Lesthaeghe, Antonio López-Gay, Joan García-Román
    Pages 25-57 Open Access
  4. Ron J. Lesthaeghe, Julián López-Colás, Lisa Neidert
    Pages 101-131 Open Access
  5. Albert Esteve, Ron J. Lesthaeghe, Julieta Quilodrán, Antonio López-Gay, Julián López-Colás
    Pages 133-156 Open Access
  6. Teresa Castro-Martín, Antía Domínguez-Rodríguez
    Pages 157-185 Open Access
  7. Albert Esteve, A. Carolina Saavedra, Julián López-Colás, Antonio López-Gay, Ron J. Lesthaeghe
    Pages 187-215 Open Access
  8. Albert Esteve, Ron J. Lesthaeghe, Julián López-Colás, Antonio López-Gay, Maira Covre-Sussai
    Pages 217-245 Open Access
  9. Georgina Binstock, Wanda Cabella, Viviana Salinas, Julián López-Colás
    Pages 247-268 Open Access
  10. Ron J. Lesthaeghe, Albert Esteve
    Pages 269-291 Open Access

About this book


This open access book presents an innovative study of the rise of unmarried cohabitation in the Americas, from Canada to Argentina. Using an extensive sample of individual census data for nearly all countries on the continent, it offers a cross-national, comparative view of this recent demographic trend and its impact on the family. 
The book offers a tour of the historical legacies and regional heterogeneity in unmarried cohabitation, covering: Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central America, Colombia, the Andean region, Brazil, and the Southern Cone. It also explores the diverse meanings of cohabitation from a cross-national perspective and examines the theoretical implications of recent developments on family change in the Americas. 
The book uses data from the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, International (IPUMS), a project dedicated to collecting and distributing census data from around the world. This large sample size enables an empirical testing of one of the currently most powerful explanatory frameworks for changes in family formation around the world, the theory of the Second Demographic Transition. 
With its unique geographical scope, this book will provide researchers with a new understanding into the spectacular rise in premarital cohabitation in the Americas, which has become one of the most salient trends in partnership formation in the region.    


Collecting and distributing census data Impact on the family Integrated Public Use Microdata Series International (IPUMS) Recent demogaphic trend Recent developments on family change in the Americas Unmarried cohabitation in the Americas

Editors and affiliations

  • Albert Esteve
    • 1
  • Ron J. Lesthaeghe
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre d’Estudis Demogràfics (CED)Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona (UAB)BellaterraSpain
  2. 2.Free University of Brussels and Royal Flemish Academy of Arts and Sciences of BelgiumBrusselsBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2016
  • License CC BY-NC
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-31440-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-31442-6
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