Distant relatives? Demographic determinants of long-term developments in intergenerational proximity, The Netherlands 1650–1899

Anita Boele, Charlotte Störmer, Corry Gellatly, Tine De Moor*

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Abstract

In this paper, we investigate what late timing of marriage combined with neo-locality in early modern Western Europe actually implied for the likelihood of upward intergenerational support. In our analysis of genealogical data from the Netherlands (1650–1899) we show that due to high marriage ages and small spousal age gaps, life cycles of children and their parents were going through difficult periods at the same time, with the elderly as potential victims. To some extent, the risk of ‘hardship’ was compensated for by relatively small geographical distances between the parental and children’s households, allowing for exchange of support. We discuss our outcomes in the broader context of alternative options and elderly care arrangements that were developed from the early modern period onwards.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-387
Number of pages29
JournalHistory of the Family
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This paper is part of the VIDI-project ‘Nature or nature? A search for the institutional and biological determinants of life expectancy in Europe during the early modern period’ funded by the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) (276–53-008) See also: www.collective-action.info.

Funding Information:
This paper is part of the VIDI-project ?Nature or nature? A search for the institutional and biological determinants of life expectancy in Europe during the early modern period? funded by the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) (276?53-008) See also: www.collective-action.info. We would like to thank the participants of the ESSHC-session (Valencia, 31 March 2016) and the VIDI-expert meeting for their valuable feedback, Auke Rijpma for his methodological support, and Bob Coret from Genealogieonline.nl who has been an invaluable help in providing access to genealogies of which a substantial amount have been used in our research.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018, © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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