Lecture 18 Marriage

Lecture 18 Marriage - Lecture 18 Outline Marriage There is...

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1 Lecture 18 Outline 10/25/11 Marriage There is no single definition of marriage that is adequate to account for the diversity found in marriages cross- culturally. Some examples of the definition of marriage: Marriage is “the institution whereby men and women are joined in a special kind of social and legal dependence for the purpose of founding and maintaining a family.” Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 10th ed. Marriage is “a union between a man and a woman such that children born to the woman are recognized legitimate offspring of both partners.” Notes and Queries (1951) “Marriage is a relationship established between a woman and one or more other persons, which provides that a child born to the woman under circumstances not prohibited by the rules of the relationship, is accorded full birth-status rights common to normal members of his society or social stratum.” Kathleen Gough (1959)
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2 “Marriage is the socially recognized union of two or more individuals who are usually, but not always, of the opposite sex.” Eugene N. Cohen and Edwin Eames (1982) Sources of the difficulty in defining marriage: Assuming marriage as a universal social institution. Assigning a moral connotation to that institution. Common point in the better known definitions of marriage: Marriage is a legal institution that has to do with rights, duties, and responsibilities of the partners involved
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