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Title: Small town development and urban illiteracy: comparative evidence from Leicestershire marriage registers 1754-1890
Authors: Hoyler, Michael
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: © Center for Historical Social Research / Zentrum für Historische Sozialforschung
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.
Abstract: "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]
Description: 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: http://www.gesis.org/en/hsr/hsr-home/ Journal archive: http://www.gesis.org/en/hsr/archive/
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18916
Publisher Link: http://www.ssoar.info/ssoar/handle/document/3190
ISSN: 0173-2145
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