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Ethnic Groups and Marital Choices

Ethnic History and Marital Assimilation, in Canada 1871 and 1971

Using, for the first time, data from the 1871 Census of Canada in conjunction with data from the 1971 Census, Madeline Richard delineates the general patterns of ethnic intermarriage in 1871 and 1971 and specifically considers the trends for the English, Irish, Scotch, French, and Germans. Choosing a number of characteristics, such as level of literacy, nativity, age, and place of residence, for the husbands, the author determines the odds for their marrying outside their communities. She also examines the socio-demographic characteristics, such as group size, sex ratio, per cent urban, and level of literacy of each group to determine the marriage patterns of the husbands.

200 pages

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures


1. Introduction

2. The Relationsip between Intermarriage and Assimilation: Patterns, Correlates, and Determinants

3. Canada's Immigrants: Patterns of Immigration and Ethnic Settlement

4. Canada's Ethnic Populations

5. Prevalence and Patterns of Intermarriage in Canada, 1871 and 1971

6. Group and Individual Factors

7. Conclusion




Name Index

Subject Index

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