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Labouring Lives

Women, work and the demographic transition in the Netherlands, 1880–1960


Angélique Janssens

Labouring Lives unravels the huge changes which have so fundamentally altered the life courses of ordinary women over the past one hundred and fifty years, namely the changes in marriage and fertility patterns. Using dynamic data from Dutch population registers and analytical techniques from the life course approach, the book offers new evidence on women’s changing position in the labour market, their role in pre-nuptial sexuality, and their contribution to marriage and fertility change in the Netherlands between 1880 and 1960. The author reconstructs the socio-economic and demographic worlds of different groups of working and non-working women, and by doing so she is able to locate the various groups driving the changes. Advanced statistical tools enable the author to analyse differences in fertility strategies, stopping versus spacing, employed by various social and cultural groups in the Netherlands. This book leads to conclusions which challenge a number of orthodoxies in the field.
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Figure 2.1:  Proportion married (Im) for selected countries, 1880–1960

Figure 2.2:  Mean age at first marriage by sex, the Netherlands, 1850–1960

Figure 2.3:  Marital fertility (Ig) for selected countries, 1880–1960

Figure 2.4:  Marital fertility in selected provinces of the Netherlands, 1881–1975

Figure 2.5:  Map of the Netherlands

Figure 2.6:  Religious composition of the populations of the four towns studied, in 1899 and 1960

Figure 3.1:  Women’s labour force participation, selected European countries, 1880–1960

Figure 3.2:  Married women’s labour force participation, selected European countries, 1900–1990

Figure 3.3:  Labour force participation rates by sex and age group, the Netherlands, 1899–1960

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