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 (hə-mŏg′ə-mē, hō-)
1. The state of having stamens and pistils that mature simultaneously.
2. The state of having only one kind of flower on a plant, such as only unisexual flowers.
3. Marriage between people who are similar to each other, especially in their sociocultural backgrounds.

ho′mo·gam′ic (-găm′ĭk) adj.


1. (Botany) a condition in which all the flowers of an inflorescence are either of the same sex or hermaphrodite. Compare heterogamy3
2. (Botany) the maturation of the anthers and stigmas of a flower at the same time, ensuring self-pollination. Compare dichogamy
hoˈmogamous adj
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For all couples, marital homogamy tends to be the norm, and blacks are no exception (Schoen and Weinick 1993).
Homogamy describes unions where partner choice is based on specific criteria (ethnic, religious, social, cultural and socioprofessional).
In the United States, this form of homogamy is intensifying over time (Schwartz 2010, Mare and Schwartz 2006), a development that contributes to the takeoff in inequality.
This led to homogamy, or the interbreeding of persons with similar characteristics.
621-646; Jeroen Smits, "Social Closure Among the Higher Educated: Trends in Educational Homogamy in 55 Countries," Social Science Research, June 2003, pp.
An Empirical Analysis of Religious Homogamy and Socialization in the U.
Numerous studies at the individual, social psychological level, for example, have documented the influence of homogamy in mate selection and marriage, indicating that religiously homogamous couples have more successful marriages than "mixed couples" and are less apt to divorce (Call and Heaton, 1997; Heaton and Pratt, 1990; Ortega et al.
Consistent with marital homogamy, the mean age of the men is 36.
If educational homogamy would have been valued, the higher education of both partners would have been decreasing the divorce risk.
1987) Partner homogamy in married, heterosexual cohabitating, gay, and lesbian couples.
The occupational impacts of mothers do not significantly vary from that of mothers working in professional and technical occupation; however, a regression model [not shown] finds these nonsignificant effects exist after controlling only for parental education and for fathers' occupation; these indicators are likely to be highly correlated to the extent that marital homogamy exists in the family of procreation.