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Adam Kuhl Anthropology Marriage After reading chapter seventeen, I have a different view of arranged marriages. My preconceived notion of the arranged marriages was that of a young girl who was thrown with no regard to her feelings into a complete stranger’s bed. According to Conformity and Conflict , things may have once been that way, but the modern way of taking care of marriage is quite different In modern times, the women often have a heavy say in the matter that they can use to sway their parents into changing the marriage arrangements if they so choose. The selection process is much more involved than I had anticipated as well. It was always my understanding that the young lady would go to the highest bidder. The Indians were almost completely obsessed with avoiding incest. Not that this is a negative or uncommon thing, but the manner of choosing a mate seems to revolve around not
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Unformatted text preview: marrying anyone who is or ever was related to you. One of the biggest problems that I had with arranged marriage was the young age at which they set up the ladies. When I found out that they did this for biological reasons, I was both surprised and intrigued. The arranged marriages are executed so early because they young married couple will go through puberty together and develop their sex drives. Through this chemical reaction, the young couple hopefully becomes attached to each other. This is an extraordinary adaptation of the custom to fit both social and biological needs in terms of finding a mate. I am glad that I get to choose my own mate. Learning about other cultures makes me realized that our own system of finding a mate is quite complex as well....
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course ANTHRO anthro104 taught by Professor Okamey during the Spring '08 term at University of Wisconsin.

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