This study draws on statistical, historical, and ethnographic data to provide a clear and comprehensive picture of the remarkable changes which have occurred in this region since the 1950s. Age at marriage for females has risen sharply, age differences between spouses have narrowed, and divorce rates have fallen drastically in relation to rates in Western countries. Gavin Jones sets these trends within the context of the pre-Islamic situation in the region, and the more recent political, social, religious, economic, and legal changes which have influenced family and marriage patterns. This is a fascinating account of changes in marriage and divorce patterns in a region experiencing rapid economic and social development.
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Gavin Jones is Professor of Demography in the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University.Review:
"A well-written, generously documented depiction of trends in marriage and dissolution among Malay peoples in Southeast Asia....Jones's thoughtful interrogation raises many questions for those who wish to understand how to use demographic data as a basis for deep study of culture change. Tables, figures, maps, and some illustrative photographs are all well produced and provide excellent support for the text."--Choice
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