The Demise of Mixed Marriage?

Ethnic Boundaries Between Families in Changing Societies
  • Jean-Marie Le Goff
  • Francesco Giudici
Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS, volume 17)


This chapter presents empirical findings from the TRACES dataset. The authors tackle the issue of ethnicisation from a social demographical point of view, focussing on mixed marriages and their changing societal context. Marriages across the boundaries of ethno-national communities were an important topic of study already in the former Yugoslavia. They were considered as an indicator and a factor of social integration in the communist society. After the collapse of Yugoslavia, social scientists maintained their interest in intermarriages as an indicator of ethnic tolerance. In their own contributions, the two authors aim to make links between (1) the acceptance of mixed marriage from 2000 and later; (2) the possibilities of contacts between nationalities and (3) the patterns of marriage and family formation according to nationality. On the basis of the model of investigations developed in the chapter of Sekulic, two main hypotheses are proposed. First, the authors expect a positive link between possibilities of contacts and mixed marriages between two nationalities and assume that contacts facilitate tolerance between nationalities. Second, they hypothesise that strong dissimilarities in life course patterns of family formation create barriers in the “marriage market” against mixed marriages. They also wonder whether these two hypotheses actually complete themselves or compete between them. Overall, the results are nuanced and show that these links are strongly contextual.


Former Yugoslavia Mixed marriage Intergroup contact Transition Demography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research LIVESUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Statistical Office of the Canton of TicinoTicinoSwitzerland

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