Lecture+13-2 - Lecture 13: Marriage What is marriage about?...

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Lecture 13: Marriage What is marriage about? Is it something based on love? Or respect for parents? Or a desire to have children? Is it ultimately about economic survival? For most Ann Arborites, marriage is supposed to be based on a quality we call “love,” but clearly this love is not the same as the love we have for family and friends. The “love” on which we base the decision to marry has something to do with sex. In fact, we don’t have sex with most people we love, but love and sex combine in the person of our spouse. At least they should combine in this person, at some point early in the game. Love and sex might disconnect again after Ann Arborites have been married for several years. In the early period of courtship, though, it’s all about creating a consensus on love and sex. But among Ann Arborites, even people who love each other and have sex (only with each other) do not necessarily get married. They might go on for years without marrying, only to do so just before or after they have a child, if ever. Marriage is about choice, in addition to love and sex. Among Ann Arborites, people must choose to marry, and they must choose in ways that suggest emotional (and sexual and
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course ANTHRCUL 101 taught by Professor Kirsch during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.

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Lecture+13-2 - Lecture 13: Marriage What is marriage about?...

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