- The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- About the Contributors
- What is Analytical Sociology All About? An Introductory Essay
- Analytical Sociology and Theories of the Middle Range
- Social Dynamics from the Bottom Up: Agent-Based Models of Social Interaction
- Segregation Dynamics
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
- Social Influence: The Puzzling Nature of Success in Cultural Markets
- The Contagiousness of Divorce
- Collective Action
- Conditional Choice
- Network Dynamics
- Threshold Models of Social Influence
- Time and Scheduling
- Homophily and the Focused Organization of Ties
- Dominance Hierarchies
- Game Theory
- Analytic Ethnography
- Historical Sociology
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines the contagiousness of divorce. It begins with an overview of various mechanisms suggesting that the marital status of significant others influences an individual’s decision to divorce. It then presents evidence based on data from a unique Swedish longitudinal database including all employees at approximately 1,500 randomly selected workplaces. The database allows for detailed analyses of how the sex, age, and marital status of a person’s coworkers influence his or her risk of divorce, when one controls for other known risk factors. The results show that interactions with others are crucial when it comes to explaining divorce; the marital status of those with whom individuals interact at work strongly influences their divorce risks. The core finding is that divorce is contagious, but that there are important gender differences in social influence.
Yvonne Åberg is a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Stockholm University. Her research focuses on large-scale population based social networks, especially family networks and complex overlapping networks, models of social interactions, and family demography.
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