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Social class origin and assortative mating in Britain, 1949-2010

Abstract: This paper examines trends in assortative mating in Britain over the last sixty years. Assortative mating is the tendency for like to form a conjugal partnership with like. Our focus is on the association between the social class origins of the partners. The propensity towards assortative mating is taken as an index of the openness of society which we regard as a macro level aspect of social inequality. There is some evidence that the propensity for partners to come from similar class backgrounds declined during the 1960s. Thereafter, there was a period of 40 years of remarkable stability during which the propensity towards assortative mating fluctuated trendlessly within quite narrow limits. This picture of stability over time in social openness parallels the well-established facts about intergenerational social class mobility in Britain.

Publication status:AcceptedPeer Review status:Peer reviewedVersion:Accepted manuscriptDate of acceptance:2017-06-14Notes:This is the accepted manuscript version of the article. The final version is available online from SAGE at: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/journal/sociology

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Publisher: SAGE Publishing

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Journal: Sociologysee more from them

Publication Website: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/journal/sociologyIdentifiers

Issn: 0038-0385

Eissn: 1469-8684

Uuid: uuid:c2670648-fd35-44d8-a59c-13c26b2fd791

Urn: uri:c2670648-fd35-44d8-a59c-13c26b2fd791

Pubs-id: pubs:707919 Item Description

Type: journal-article;

Version: Accepted manuscriptKeywords: assortative mating inequality marriage social stratification homogamy

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Author: Mills, C - Oxford, SSD, Sociology Nuffield College - - - Henz, U - - - - Bibliographic Details Publisher: SAGE Publishing - Publi

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