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Chapter 8 newman notes - Chapter8:Marriage&Cohabitation

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Societal Influence on Intimate Relationships Couples of all sorts continue to be influenced by culturally prescribed norms Exogamy- rules that require an individual form a  long-term romantic relationship w/someone  outside certain social groups to which he or she belongs Opposition to relationships between coworkers or, on college campuses, between people who live  in the same dormitory illustrate a common belief that relationship work best when they occur  between people who aren’t in constant close proximity Endogamy- rules that limit intimate choices to people within one’s social group, principally race,  Marital Restrictions around the world o South Korea people are strongly discouraged from marrying someone w/the same surname,  not a trivial rule considering that 55% of the population is named Kim, Park, Lee, Choi, or  Chong o 1 advantage of exogamy rules is that they encourage alliances between groups larger than  the primary family o Temiar of Malaysia forbid marriage between 2 ppl of same village, though in practice many  people still form such unions Religion o Most religions still actively discourage interfaith marriages o raising children in a different faith, or take religion out of the family entirely o Approx 80 to 90% of US adults marry someone of the same religion, although sociologists  note that these figures may overestimate religious endogamy b/c some spouses originally  come from a different faith but convert to their partners religion before or shortly after  marrying o Most US marriages are racially or ethnically endogamous o 1970 there were 300,00- interracial married couples o Today there are 2.3 million interracial couples, constituting almost 4% of all US marriages o o Native Americans have the highest rate of intermarriage whereas non-Latino whites have  the lowest o Most scholars have attributed high rates of intermarriage in certain groups to the process of  assimilation
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o Intermarriage rates for all groups are affected by a variety of social factors, such as social  o More common among ppl w/college educations than among ppl who didn’t go to college
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2010 for the course SOC 356 taught by Professor Asd during the Spring '07 term at Bryant.

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Chapter 8 newman notes - Chapter8:Marriage&Cohabitation

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