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Attitudes to Marriage and Relational Partners Across Cultures

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli A Cross-Cultural Perspective on Marriage and Mate Selection Getting Hitched! What is Collectivism? India ‘In the West you marry the one you fall in love with, but in the East we fall in love with the one we marry!’

marriage as a spiritual bond
Through the marriage ritual, the two 'partial beings' become one
A transition from the role of apprentice to householder (Srinivasan, 2006)
Inter-caste marriage and divorce unthinkable Collectivism Japan Collectivism: What is Individualism? Characteristics of Individualistic cultures:
Focus on the self
Values personal goals
A more diverse population Collectivist Characteristics of collectivist
Group unity and harmony
Group belongingness
Equal distribution of rewards
Cooperation References Hinduism: : marriage as according to familial desires and socio-religious norms Traditionally arranged by elders
Buss et al. (1990)
10 000 men and women across 37 different cultures surveyed on factors in choosing a mate
Rated preference for 18 characteristics, such as 'dependable character, chastity, good health, etc'
Indian sample rated 'good heredity', 'desire for home and children' and 'education and intelligence' highly Gender roles: marriage within a patriarchal society Individualist Love-marriage Woman as mother and caretaker
Man as the breadwinner Hofstade (1991) marriage for production and reproduction ‘a multi-generational property-owning corporate group which continues over time’ Long (1987)
Kamo (1993)
Mate selection criteria for Japanese sample was mundane and practical
Japanese spouses less emotionally involved than American counterparts Arranged marriage, 'omiai'
By elders of higher social standing and age
'legara' or birth/lineage most important The USA Freedom of choice
To fulfill oneself
Dating Yelsma and Athappilly (1988)
Xiaohe and Whyte (1990)
Kamo Y.(1993)
Myers, Madathil and Lynne(2005)
Madathil and Benshoff(2008) Marital Satisfaction Methods •CHARISMA
•Demographic questionnaire
•“How satisfied are you with your marital relationship in general?”
•Dyadic Adjustment Scale Methodological Issues Ethnocentrism:
Incorrect interpretation of observation
To what extent does culture influence an individual?
Individualism - Collectivism Future Directions •Why we need to study this topic?
•What we should to account to make our research better? Applbaum, Kalman D., Marriage with the proper stranger: Arranged marriage in metropolitan Japan, Ethnology, 34, 37-51.
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