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Unformatted text preview: Heather Fackelman Due: 11/12/08 Cultural Anthropology Strange Relations A stable society is, reasonably, one in which people can live and function harmoniously as a community, with minimal problems and threats of harm or danger. Stability is determined by a number of different factors, including economic, political, and social ones. A huge factor in any society, however, is marriage. People are instinctually drawn toward being with another person, resulting in marriage and, in most cases, reproduction. However, that is where the cross-cultural similarities end. Different cultures associate different emotions and values with marriage. No one is correct or more moral than another. They all serve to balance the needs and drives of individuals within the society in which they live. In the Wodaabe culture of Niger, polygamy is a common, accepted practice. Women participate in arranged marriages, and ignore any feelings of “love” they may have. The film participate in arranged marriages, and ignore any feelings of “love” they may have....
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- Cultural Anthropology, Fackelman Cultural Anthropology, Heather Fackelman Cultural Anthropology Strange Relations, common practice—the ratio, North American culture.