Jan Kok

Professor in Comparative History of the Life Course
Department of History at Radboud University Nijmegen

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Prof. dr. Jan Kok (1959) studied history at the Free University of Amsterdam. In the past years, Jan has worked on the creation of datahubs and collaboratories in social and economic history. He was a member of the Virtual Knowledge Studio, and now participates in the e-Humanities Group of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). At the International Institute of Social History he takes part in the management of CLIO-INFRA, a large project collecting and standardizing global data on inequality and development.

Jan's own research deals with various aspects of the life course. His projects include social and geographical mobility, the impact of kinship ties on individual life choices, partner selection, family formation and households.
Since 1 December 2010, Jan Kok is professor in Comparative History of the Life Course at Radboud University Nijmegen. Jan is also employed as visiting professor at the Center for Sociological Research of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Finally, he is active as one of the research directors of the NW Posthumus Institute (the postgraduate school for social and economic history, and as co-editor of the History of the Family. An International Quarterly.

Publications

Arrizabalaga, Marie-Pierre, Ioan Bolovan, Marius Eppel, Jan Kok, and Mary Nagata. 2010. (Eds.). Many Paths to Happiness? Studies in Population and Family History. A Festschrift for Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux. Amsterdam: Aksant.

Bras, Hilde, Jan Kok, and Kees Mandemakers. 2010. "Sibship Size and Status Attainment Across Contexts: Evidence from the Netherlands, 1840-1925." Demographic Research, 23, 73-104. http://www.demographic-research.org/volumes/vol23/4/.

Dormans, Stefan, Jan Kok, Smiljana Antonijevic, Stefan Dormans, and Sally Wyatt. 2010. "An Alternative Approach to Large Historical Databases: Exploring Best Practices with Collaboratories." 43 (3): 97-107.

Kok, Jan and eds, van Bavel. 2010. De levenskracht der bevolking. Sociale en demografische kwesties in de Lage Landen tijdens het interbellum. Leuven: Universitaire Pers Leuven.

Kok, Jan and Kees Mandemakers. 2010. "A life-course approach to co-residence in the Netherlands, 1850–1940." Continuity and Change, 25 (2): 285-312.

Kok, Jan. 2010. "review of R.L.Zijdeman, Status attainment in the Nertherlands, 1811-1941. Spatial and temporal variation before and during industrialization. Proefschrift Universiteit van Utrecht 2010. ICS Dissertation series 164." Mens en Maatschappij, 85 (3): 318-321.

Kok, Jan. 2010. "review of Noriko O. Tsuya, Wang Feng, George Alter, James Z. Lee et al., Prudence and Pressure. Reproduction and Human Agency in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900 (Cambridge Mass en London 2010)." Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis, 7 (3): 96-97.

Kok, Jan. 2010. "The Family Factor in Migration Decisions." In Migration History in World History. Multidisciplinary Approaches, edited by Jan Lucassen, Leo Lucassen, and Patrick Manning, 215-250. Leiden: Brill.

Kok, Jan, Kees Mandemakers, and Dirk Damsma. 2010. "Atrophied Hearts? Partner Choice and Social Reproduction of Farmers in the North-Western Part of the Netherlands in the 19th and Early 20th Century." In Many Paths to Happiness? Studies in Population and Family History. A Festschrift for Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux, edited by Marie-Pierre Arrizabalaga, Ioan Bolovan, Ioan Bolovan, Marius Eppel, Jan Kok, and Mary-Louise Nagata, 362-387. Amsterdam: Aksant.

Matthijs, Koen, Bart VandePutte, Jan Kok, and Hilde Bras. 2010. (eds) Leven in de Lage Landen. Historisch-demografisch onderzoek in Vlaanderen en Nederland. Leuven and Den Haag: Acco Academic.

Matthijs, Koen, Bart VandePutte, Jan Kok, and Hilde Bras. 2010. "Woord vooraf." In Leven in de Lage Landen. Historisch-demografisch onderzoek in Vlaanderen en Nederland, edited by Koen Matthijs, Bart VandePutte, Jan Kok, and Hilde Bras, 19-20. Leuven and Den Haag: Acco.

Nagata, Mary-Louise, Jan Kok, Ioan Bolovan, and Marius Eppel. 2010. "Studies in Family and Demographic History Compiled to honor the Contributions of Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux. Introduction,." In Many Paths to Happiness? Studies in Population and Family History. A Festschrift for Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux, edited by Marie-Pierre Arrizabalaga, Ioan Bolovan, Marius Eppel, Jan Kok, and Mary-Louise Nagata, 9-25. Amsterdam: Aksant.

van Bavel, Jan and Jan Kok. 2010. "Pioneers of the Modern Lifestyle? Childless Couples in the Early-Twentieth-Century Netherlands." Social Science History, 34 (1): 47-72.

van Bavel, Jan and Jan Kok. 2010. "A Mixed effects model of birth spacing for pre-transition populations. Evidence of deliberate fertility control from nineteenth century Netherlands." The History of the Family. An International Quarterly, 15 (2): 125-138.

van Bavel, Jan and Jan Kok. 2010. ""De levenskracht der bevolking". Sociale en demografische kwesties in de Lage Landen tijdens het interbellum." In De levenskracht der bevolking. Sociale en demografische kwesties in de Lage Landen tijdens het interbellum, edited by Jan Kok and Jan van Bavel, 9-22. Leuven: Universitaire Pers Leuven.

van Bavel, Jan and Jan Kok. 2010. "Uitstel en afstel van ouderschap tijdens het interbellum in Nederland." In De levenskracht der bevolking. Sociale en demografische kwesties in de Lage Landen tijdens het interbellum, edited by Jan Kok and Jan van Bavel, 197-227. Leuven: Universitaire Pers Leuven.

Durães, Margarida, Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux, Llorenc Ferrer, and Jan Kok. 2009. "Introduction: historicizing well-being from a gender perspective." In The transmission of well-being. Gendered marriage strategies and inheritance systems in Europe (17th-20th centuries), edited by Margarida Durães, Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux, Llorenc Ferrer, and Jan Kok, 1-52. Bern: Peter Lang.

Kok, Jan. 2009. "Family Systems as Frameworks for Understanding Variation in Extra-Marital Births, Europe 1900-2000." Romanian Journal of Population Studies. Supplement 2009: Families in Europe between the 19th and 21st centuries. From the traditional model to the contemporary PACS, 13-38. Cluj: Cluj University Press.

Kok, Jan, Kees Mandemakers, and Hilde Bras. 2009. "Van geboortebank tot collaboratory. Een reflectie op twintig jaar dataverzameling en onderzoek met de HSN." Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis, 6 (4): 3-36.

Kok, Jan and Kees Mandemakers. 2009. "Je zoudt maar last van mij hebben. Verwanten in het Nederlandse huishouden, 1860-1940." Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis, 6 (4): 139-165.

Kok, Jan and Hilde Bras. 2009. "Uitzwermen of samenklitten? De ruimtelijke spreiding van broers en zussen over stad en land van Noord-Holland, 1850-1940." Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis, 6 (4): 115-138.

Kok, Jan and Henk Delger. 2009. "Uspekh ili otbor? Vliianie migratisii na professional’nuiu mobil’nost’ v gollandskoi provintsii v 1840-1950 gg." In Istoricheskoe professiovedenie: sozdanie HISCO i issledovaniia professional'noi i sotsial'noi mobil'nosti. Sbornik statei, edited by Vladimir Vladimirov and Marco van Leeuwen, 253-292. Barnaul: Izdatel’stvo Altaiskoigo gosudarstvennogo universiteta.

Mandemakers, Kees, Jan Kok, and Hilde Bras. 2009. (Eds.) Van geboortebank tot collaboratory. De Historische Steekproef Nederland (HSN). Special issue Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis 6 (2009), 4..

van Bavel, Jan and Jan Kok. 2009. "Social control and the intergenerational transmission of the age at marriage, rural Holland 1850-1940." Population-E, 64 (20): 343-360.

van Bavel, Jan and Jan Kok. 2009. "Contrôl social et transmission intergénérationelle de l’âge au marriage en Hollande rurale de 1850 à 1940." Population-F, 64 (20): 379-396.

Engelen, Theo and Jan Kok. 2008. "Editorial." The History of the Family. An International Quarterly, 13 (1): 1.

Kok, Jan and Hilde Bras. 2008. "Clustering and dispersal of siblings in the North-Holland countryside, 1850-1940." Historical Social Research, 33 (3): 278-300.

Kok, Jan and Kees Mandemakers. 2008. "Free Choice from a Limited Supply. The Marriage Market in Two Dutch Provinces, 1840-1940." Romanian Journal of Population Studies, 2 (1): 82-104.

Kok, Jan. 2008. "Istochniki dlya istoricheskoj demografii Niderlandov XIX – nachala XXv [Sources for historical demography of the Netherlands in the 19th and early 20th century]." In Istoricheskoe professiovedenie: istochniki, metody, tekhnologiianaliza [Studies on historical occupations: sources, methods, technology of analysis), edited by Vladimir Vladimirov and Marco van Leeuwen, 51-65. Barnaul: Barnaul University Press.

van Bavel, Jan, Jan Kok, and Theo Engelen. 2008. "Hoge kinderloosheid tijdens het interbellum in Nederland. De rol van godsdienst, levensstandaard en economische crisis." In Hondervijftig jaar levenslopen. De Historische Steekproef Nederlandse bevolking, edited by Ineke Maas, Marco van Leeuwen, and Kees Mandemakers, 51-80. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, Mens en Maatschappij 83.

Wang, Sping, Jan Kok, and Ying-chang Chuang. 2008. "Who Married How? Modeling Marital Decisions in Early-Twentieth Century Taiwan." Journal of Family History, 33, 430-451.

Kok, Jan. 2007. "Principles and prospects of the life course paradigm." Annales de Démographie Historique, 1, 203-230.

Gates, Hill, Jan Kok, and Sping Wang. 2006. "Burden or Opportunity? Illegitimate births in The Netherlands and Taiwan." In Positive or preventive. Fertility developments in Taiwan and the Netherlands, 1850-1950, edited by Ying-chang Chuang, Theo Engelen, and Arthur Wolf, 81-104. Amsterdam: Aksant.

Kok, Jan and Marco van Leeuwen. 2006. "Repliek: Bestaat de historische sociologie?" Tijdschrift voor Sociologie, 27 (1): 94-96.

Kok, Jan. 2006. ""Eigen baas zijn, da's maar alles". Huwelijksmotivatie van Rotterdammers uit de tweede helft van de negentiende eeuw." In Naar Rotterdam. Immigratie en levensloop in Rotterdam vanaf het einde van de negentiende eeuw, edited by Paul van de Laar, Leo Lucassen, and Kees Mandemakers, 99-118. Amsterdam: Aksant.

Kok, Jan. 2006. "Sources for the historical demography of The Netherlands in the 19th and early 20th centuries." In Positive or preventive. Fertility developments in Taiwan and the Netherlands, 1850-1950, edited by Ying-chang Chuang, Theo Engelen, and Arthur Wolf, 41-51. Amsterdam: Aksant.

Kok, Jan and Jan van Bavel. 2006. "Stemming the tide. Denomination and religiousness in the Dutch fertility transition (1845-1945)." In Culture and the Decline of Fertility, edited by Renzo Derosas and Frans van Poppel, 83-105. Dordrecht: Springer Verlag.

Kok, Jan, Wen-shan Yang, and Ying-hui Hsieh. 2006. "Marital fertility and birth control in rural Netherlands and Taiwan, 19th and early 20th centuries." In Positive or preventive. Fertility developments in Taiwan and the Netherlands, 1850-1950, edited by Ying-chang Chuang, Theo Engelen, and Arthur Wolf, 199-235. Amsterdam: Aksant.

Shepherd, John, Pan Inghai, Jan Kok, Claudia Engel, Theo Engelen, and Melissa Brown. 2006. "Group Identity and Fertility: An Evaluation of the Role of Religion and Ethnicity in the Netherlands and Taiwan." In Positive or preventive. Fertility developments in Taiwan and the Netherlands, 1850-1950, edited by Ying-chang Chuang, Theo Engelen, and Arthur Wolf, 121-161. Amsterdam, Zwolle: Aksant.

Shepherd, John, Jan Kok, and Ying-hui Hsieh. 2006. "Fertility and Infant and early Childhood Mortality: Some Lessons on Stopping Behaviour from Taiwanese and Dutch cases." In Positive or preventive. Fertility developments in Taiwan and the Netherlands, 1850-1950, edited by Ying-chang Chuang, Theo Engelen, and Arthur Wolf, 163-197. Amsterdam: Aksant.

Doek, Afelonne, Lex Heerma van Voss, Karin Hofmeester, Jan Kok, and Titia Van der Werf-Davelaar. IISH Guidelines for preserving research data: a framework for preserving collaborative data collections for future research. Amsterdam.

Dormans, Stefan, Jan Kok, Stefan Dormans, Smiljana Antonijevic, Stefan Dormans, and Sally Wyatt. Eindrapportage. Socio-technologische aspecten van samenwerkingsprojecten in de sociaal-economische geschiedenis. Amsterdam: June 4, 2010. University of Manchester. 97-107.

Kok, Jan. Hublab. Towards online collaboratories for global data gathering in social and economic history. IISG.

Kok, Jan and Marco van Leeuwen. Scientific Report containing the Proceedings of the Conference: The Transmission of Well-being: Marriage Strategies and Inheritance Systems in Europe (17th-20th Centuries). University do Minho, Portugal, April 2007.

van Bavel, Jan and Jan Kok. The impact of differential socialization on the intergenerational transmission of age at marriage. Rural Holland 1850-1940. Working paper of the Scientific Research Community Historical Demography, Leuven: Centrum voor Sociologisch Onderzoek (CESO), 1-16.

van Doorne-Huiskes, Anneke, Ron Lesthaeghe, Philip Rees, Ties Boerma, and Jan Kok. Evaluation of the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI). December 2008.

Presentations

Kok, Jan and Kees Mandemakers. 2010. "Alone, together, or near. Co-residence and proximity of kin in the Dutch countryside, 1850-1940." European Social Science History Conference. 2010, April 16. Ghent, Belgium.

Kok, Jan. 2010. "New advances towards a unified theory of the First Demographic Transition." GAPF-MPIDR Workshop 'Central Europe Population History during 1st Demographic Transition'. 2010, March 13. Karl- Franzens University, Graz, Austria.

Kok, Jan. 2009. "Chair and co-commentator for the session 'Social movements, sexualities and health'." Symposium Social Movements and Well-Being. 2009, March 4. Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Kok, Jan. 2009. "Chair and commentator session 'Family Systems and Family Survival'." 34th Annual meeting of the Social Science History Association. 2009, November 15. Long Beach, CA, USA.

Kok, Jan. 2009. "Commentator for the lecture 'Marriage migration to East Asia: Current Issues and Propositions in Making Comparisons' by Yen-Fen Tseng (National University Taiwan)." 2009, April 1. Leiden, the Netherlands.

Kok, Jan. 2009. "Digital Collective Biographies: Gains and Losses." Digitising Lives - of People, Places, Facts and Things. 2009, April 8. Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Kok, Jan. 2009. "Family systems and the demographic diversity of Europe." 2009, May 20. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

Kok, Jan. 2009. "Family systems as frameworks for understanding variation in extra-marital births, Europe 1900-2000." Conference 'Families in Europe between the 19th and 20th centuries'. 2009, October 8. University Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Kok, Jan. 2009. "Implementation IDS, results and issues." Chair session. Workshop Historical Longitudinal Databases. 2009, November 11. Long Beach, CA, USA.

Kok, Jan. 2009. "Introduction: Fertility and reproductive behavior in Europe." Conference 'Families in Europe between the 19th and 20th centuries'. 2009, October 10. University Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Kok, Jan and Kees Mandemakers. 2009. "Living with kin. A life course approach to household extensions, The Netherlands 1850-1940." 34th Annual meeting of the Social Science History Association. 2009, November 13. Long Beach, CA, USA.

Kok, Jan, Hilde Bras, and Kees Mandemakers. 2009. "Sibship size and status attainment across contexts: evidence from nineteenth century Netherlands." Nederlandse demografiedag. 2009, October 22. Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Kok, Jan. 2009. "The Intermediate Data Structure (IDS) for Historical Longitudinal Databases: Results from the Pre-Conference." Chair Session. 34th Annual meeting of the Social Science History Association. 2009, November 14. Long Beach, CA, USA.

Kok, Jan. 2009. "Uitgebreide huishoudens, 1850-1940." 2009, June 2. Faculteit Sociologie, Universiteit Tilburg, the Netherlands.

van Bavel, Jan and Jan Kok. 2009. "Childlessness during the interwar period in the Netherlands: modern consumption, religion, and the economic crisis." Seminar at the Centre for Economic Demography. 2009, April 2. Lund University, Sweden.

Bras, Hilde, Jan Kok, and Kees Mandemakers. 2008. "Sibling Structure and Status Attainment Across Contexts: Evidence from the Dutch Past." 33d annual meeting of Social Science History Association. 2008, October 25. Miami, FL, USA.

Dormans, Stefan and Jan Kok. 2008. "Socio-technological aspects of collaboratories in the social sciences." Panel session at Oxford e-Research Conference 2008. 2008, September 12. Oxford, UK.

Dormans, Stefan, Stefan Dormans, and Jan Kok. 2008. "Legal implications of data sharing." Paper presented at Workshop 'New Ways in Strike Research'. 2008, September 18. Oxford, UK Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Kok, Jan and Kees Mandemakers. 2008. "A life course perspective on household structure in the Netherlands 1850-1940." 2008, November 27. Center for Economic Demography, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Sweden.

Kok, Jan and Hilde Bras. 2008. "Clustering and dispersal of siblings in the North-Holland countryside, 1830-1940." European Social Science History Conference, 2008, February 27 - March 1. 2008, February 28. Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Kok, Jan. 2008. "Crisis of keuze? Kinderloosheid tijdens het Interbellum in Nederland. Levenslopen in de 19e en 20e eeuw." 2008, April 11. IISG, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Kok, Jan. 2008. "Discussant at session 'Fertility and Marriage in Europe and Korea I'." 2008, October 24. Miami, FL, USA.

Kok, Jan. 2008. "Discussant at session ‘Fertility and Marriage in Europe and Korea I’." 33d annual meeting of Social Science History Association. 2008, October 24. Miami, FL, USA.

Kok, Jan. 2008. "General comments." Families, Constructions of Foreignness and Migration in 20th century Western Europe. 2008, May 15-16. KU Leuven, Belgium.

Kok, Jan and Kees Mandemakers. 2008. "Life courses of stayers and movers compared, Netherlands, 1850-2000." 33d annual meeting of Social Science History Association. 2008, October 26. Miami, FL, USA.

Kok, Jan and Jan van Bavel. 2008. "Pioneers of a modern life style? Childless couples in early-twentieth century Netherlands." 33d annual meeting of Social Science History Association. 2008, October 23. Miami, FL, USA.

Kok, Jan. 2008. "Progress report of COST Action 34 Gender and well-being." Annual meeting, review meeting of COST Domain 'Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health'. 2008, June 9-11. Larnaca, Cyprus.

Kok, Jan. 2008. "The Family Factor in Migration Decisions (a central paper for the roundtable Family and the History of Migration)." European Social Science History Conference, 2008, February 27 - March 1. 2008, March 1. Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Kok, Jan. 2008. "The Intergenerational Transmission of Age at Marriage in Rural Holland, 1850-1940." European Social Science History Conference, 2008, February 27 - March 1. 2008, February 29. Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Kok, Jan and Kees Mandemakers. 2007. "A dynamic perspective on household structures in the Netherlands, 1850-1920." Workshop ‘New perspectives on family formation and household structures in the past’. 2007, May 22. University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Kok, Jan and Kees Mandemakers. 2007. "A life course perspective on households in The Netherlands, 1850-1940." History of the European Family: Continuity and Change. 2007, June 20-21. University of Limerick, Ireland.

Kok, Jan. 2007. "Clustering and dispersal of siblings in the North-Holland countryside, 1830-1940." 32d Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association. 2007, November 16. Chicago, IL, USA.

Kok, Jan. 2007. "Production and Distribution of well-being into the family: strategies of renumerated and non-renumerated labour and consumption patterns." Symposium. 2007, June 25-27. Barcelona, Spain.

Mandemakers, Kees and Jan Kok. 2007. "A life course perspective on household structures in The Netherlands, 1850-1940." The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. 2007, November 26. University of Cambridge, UK.

Tian-yun, Chang, Marloes Schoonheim, John Shepherd, and Jan Kok. 2007. "Maternal mortality in Taiwan and the Netherlands, 1850-1945." Symposium ‘Death at the opposite ends of the Eurasian continent. Mortality trends in Taiwan and the Netherlands 1850-1945’. 2007, May 6-8. Hotel Ehzerwold, Almen, the Netherlands.

Kok, Jan and Hilde Bras. 2006. "Diverging pathways? Sibling differences in social mobility in an urbanizing region of the Netherlands, 1860-1940." Reproduction differérentielle et mobilité sociale, Dix-neuvièmes Entretiens Jacques Cartier. 2006, December 4-5. Lyon, France.

Kok, Jan. 2006. "Principles and prospects of the life course paradigm." Workshop Historical Demography: Past Accomplishments, Present Debates, and Future Developments. 2006, June 14. Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Kok, Jan. 2006. "Verwantschap en migratie in Noord-Kennemerland (1830-1940)." Symposium ‘Hollanders op drift. Migratie en demografische ontwikkelingen in Holland in de 19e en 20e eeuw’. 2006, October 6. University Leiden, Campus Den Haag, the Netherlands.