Marriage and Descent

Marriage and Descent - Marriage and Descent 2009-04-09...

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Marriage and Descent 2009-04-09 Marriage A symbolically marked agreement between families In the U.S., we tend to think of it as an agreement between individuals Around the world, tends to be more about families Rings symbolically mark marriage Does not necessarily mean monogamy Weddings Civil unions- how long you can live with someone and be considered legally married Average cost of a wedding in the U.S. over 20,000. Women’s families tend to pay in the U.S. What does marriage mean? Transforms status of participants Stipulates sexual access between partners Perpetuates rights/obligations to have children Creates kin relationship between kin of partners Worldwide is marriage always between a male and female?
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NO! Examples: Nuer (sudan) Women can marry women when the father has no sons. And the daughter is recognized as the husband of another woman. The wife could have sex with other men to get pregnant. But the kids are the women’s
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