International Journal of Anthropology

, Volume 11, Issue 2–4, pp 73–81 | Cite as

Changes in marriage seasonality among some european rural populations

  • E. Lucchetti
  • M. Manfredini
  • G. Boetsch
  • D. Bley
  • P. Aluja
  • J. Pena
  • D. Revello
  • R. Melleri
  • A. Sevin
Mobility: Marriage and Migration

Abstract

The preservation or the change of the population structure is often strictly related to the acquisition or loss of behavioural models: the choice of the wedding period is among them.

Analysing the period in which people marry, it is possible to point out modifications in the economy, in the work calendar and it also can be helpful to determine the importance of religious traditions.

In this work, the authors study the marriage seasonality of nine rural European populations in France, Spain and Italy and its evolution during the last two centuries. The research has allowed to point out three different patterns of marriage seasonality: the Autumn marriage, the Winter marriage and populations with no remarkable seasonal variations. The first distribution results from the combination of work calendar, harsh climate in winter and religious traditions (the month of May consacrated to Maria, the Lent and Advent period), while the second one is due mostly to summer migrations.

The importance of these factors tend to reduce during the XX century, making the distributions more homogeneous.

Key words

Marriage seasonality Rural populations Biodemography 

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© International Institute for the Study of Man 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Lucchetti
    • 1
  • M. Manfredini
    • 1
  • G. Boetsch
    • 2
  • D. Bley
    • 2
  • P. Aluja
    • 3
  • J. Pena
    • 4
  • D. Revello
    • 5
  • R. Melleri
    • 5
  • A. Sevin
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Evolutive BiologyUniversità di ParmaParmaItaly
  2. 2.UPR 221 du CNRSUniversité d' Aix-Marseille (F)Aix-MarseilleFrance
  3. 3.Lab. of Human GeneticsUniversidad autonoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaItaly
  4. 4.Lab. of Physical AnthropologyUniversidad del Pais VascoPais VascoSpain
  5. 5.Lab. of Human GeneticsUniversità di TorinoTorinoItaly
  6. 6.CRPG/CNRSToulouse (F)

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