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Small town development and urban illiteracy: comparative evidence from Leicestershire marriage registers 1754-1890

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"Based on the analysis of Anglican marriage registers for the period 1754 to 1890, the article explores patterns of illiteracy in three small Leicestershire [England] towns with contrasting economic functions. Illiteracy levels were closely related to urban occupational and social structures, which also affected distinct gender differentials. Evidence [of] the effect of literacy on age at marriage and marriage distance suggests that demographic behaviour and spatial interaction were determined more by socio-economic factors than by the possession of literacy skills. Literacy attainment, however, was linked to extended marriage distances when both spouses could sign the register." [excerpt]

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  • Social Sciences

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  • Geography and Environment

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Historische Sozialforschung = Historical social research / Zentrum für Historische Sozialforschung, Köln in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Informationszentrum Sozialwissenschaften, Bonn

Volume

23

Issue

1 /2

Pages

202 - 230

Citation

HOYLER, M., 1998. Small town development and urban illiteracy: comparative evidence from Leicestershire marriage registers 1754-1890. Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung, 23 (1 /2), pp. 202 - 230.

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© Center for Historical Social Research / Zentrum für Historische Sozialforschung

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Publication date

1998

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Reproduced with kind permission of the journal Historical Social Research [© 1998, Center for Historical Social Research / Zentrum für Historische Sozialforschung]. The journal's website is at: https://www.gesis.org/en/hsr/current-issues/ Journal archive: https://www.gesis.org/en/hsr/full-text-archive/

ISSN

0173-2145

Language

en

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