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Spatial homogamy: The geographical dimensions of partner choice
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2011 (English)In: Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, ISSN 0040-747X, E-ISSN 1467-9663, Vol. 102, no 1, 100-110 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Individuals tend to find life partners who are similar to themselves, a phenomenon known as homogamy. This study focuses on spatial homogamy, which is the similarity regarding the geographical origin of partners. Adopting a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods, the geographical dimension of partner choice is explored for the Netherlands. Distance decay is highly pertinent for Dutch cohabitation partners: half of them meet within a 6-kilometre distance. The level of spatial homogamy not only varies by demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of individuals, but also exhibits a spatial distribution. The spatial variation can be explained by a combination of cultural, geographical and socioeconomic factors. In a case study in a rural area in eastern Netherlands, villagers indicated that a partner from close by is seen as convenient, familiar and trustworthy. The distance at which partners are found is influenced by the perceived mentality and culture of neighbouring places.

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2011. Vol. 102, no 1, 100-110 p.
Keyword [en]
partner choice, spatial homogamy, spatial patterns, local cultural differences
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Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Human Geography
Research subject
Demography; Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-52552DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9663.2010.00642.xISI: 000286117000007OAI: diva2:388128
Available from: 2011-01-17 Created: 2011-01-17 Last updated: 2012-01-23Bibliographically approved

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