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RESIDENTIAL PROPINQUITY AND MATE SELECTION IN AN ISRAELI TOWN

EPHRAIM TABORY and LEONARD WELLER
International Journal of Sociology of the Family
Vol. 16, No. 2 (Autumn 1986), pp. 217-223
Published by: International Journals
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23027747
Page Count: 7
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RESIDENTIAL PROPINQUITY AND MATE SELECTION IN AN ISRAELI TOWN
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Abstract

This study hypothesizes that residential propinquity will be less important in a society where all persons of marriageable age are removed from their home localities and reside elsewhere for an extended, albeit temporary, period. This is examined in Israel where national compulsory military service ensures that both men and women live for several years outside of their permanent homes. The marriage records of 280 couples in a centrally located town in 1974-1975 served as the data base for plotting the residences prior to marriage. The findings confirm the hypothesis that residential propinquity is less important in Israel. The findings that Jews of Eastern origin are more affected by propinquity than are Jews of Western origin show the importance of cultural and social factors on propinquity.

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