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Is marriage losing its centrality in Italy?

  • Alessandro Rosina

    (UniversitĂ  Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano)

  • Romina Fraboni

    (ISTAT)

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    Unlike the countries of north-western Europe, marriage in Italy has maintained a crucial role in the process of family formation. This raise doubts about the possibility that the theory of "second demographic transition" could adequately account for the behaviour of the European population living south of the Alps. The aim of this paper is twofold: to provide some empirical evidence that cohabitation is now spreading in Italy; and to propose an explanation of the delay of its diffusion until the 1990s. The hypothesis proposed here explains the delay, not so much in terms of limited interest of the Italian youth towards this type of union, but with the convenience of the children in the Mediterranean area to avoid choices which are openly clashing with the values of parents.

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    Article provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its journal Demographic Research.

    Volume (Year): 11 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 6 (September)
    Pages: 149-172

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    Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:11:y:2004:i:6
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