ANTH 8 - • Same sex marriage • Plural marriage •...

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Lecture, 2-9-11 When Reading Kilbride in Reader, Consider: Advantages of plural marriage? What important points is he arguing for or against? What social relevance does this cross-culture study have? Kinship, Marriage, and Family Marriage and Family Polygamy- multiple partners Polygymy- multiple partners What is marriage? Cross culturally, the institution of marriage typically involves the following elements: At least one man and woman A transformation in the status of the man and the woman Stipulates the degree of sexual access the married partners have to each other Rules of rights and responsibilities of marriage partners and their kin towards the children of the marriage Creates affinal relationships between the kin of the wife and the kin of the husband Marriage Variability: Beyond the common features, considerable variation exists in the forms of marriage cross culturally…some examples are
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Unformatted text preview: • Same sex marriage • Plural marriage • Marriages that do not allow sexual relations or that allow extramarital sexual relations • Marriage to ghosts of the dead Marriage in the USA: • Basis of this is economics and romantic love Meaning of marriage: • In contemporary Western societies, marriage decisions are a matter of personal choice Marriage Rules: • Rules of exogamy: a person is required to marry outside of a defined social group • Endogamous Rules: a person is expected to marry inside of a defined social group “The Right One”: • Informal means encouraging endogamy: • Formal means encouraging endogamy: Examples of Exogamy: • Incest Taboo: one has to marry outside of one’s family of in group • Clan Exogamy: one cannot marry a member of the same clan • Sexual Exogamy: one cannot marry a member of the same sex...
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This note was uploaded on 06/09/2011 for the course ANTH 101 taught by Professor Dr.sharynjones during the Spring '11 term at University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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ANTH 8 - • Same sex marriage • Plural marriage •...

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