Journal Article

Cohabitation and Marriage in Sweden‐Does Family form Matter?

Ulla Björnberg

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 15, issue 3, pages 350-362
Published in print December 2001 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online December 2001 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lawfam/15.3.350
Cohabitation and Marriage in Sweden‐Does Family form Matter?

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The growth of cohabitation as a basis for family form is related to changes in the role of marriage as an institution in Sweden. Cohabitation as a family form is however heterogeneous, depending on family histories of the cohabiting partners. For women, cohabitation has special implications both in terms of economic support and in terms of stability of the family and in the labour market. In the article I discuss how and if these phenomena are related.Drawing on data from the labour force studies and on my own research I discuss the implications of cohabitation as a family form for women. Is cohabitation an indicator of increased autonomy and freedom for women or is it a trap?

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Subjects: Family Law ; Marriage and the Family

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