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English 105- Body (contents)

English 105- Body (contents) - INTRODUCTION The cultural...

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INTRODUCTION The cultural aspects of a society are somewhat manifested by the marital habits of the people in that society. Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates relationship, in other words, it is knot between a man and a woman for the rest of their lives. It is very important to see where people marry, as in the family backgrounds, financial status, character, etc. Hypergamy marriage means when getting married male’s social group is better than female’s social group. On the other hand, hypogamy marriage means when female’s social status is higher than male’s social status. In Bangladesh, it has been a general tendency to ‘marry up’. This is of utmost significance since; it will not only reflect a society’s mind set but project people’s attitude. That is, how much importance they give to certain factors such as wealth, education, etc. I believe that this is a very relevant topic because people are becoming more aware and thoughtful about the financial factors in every aspect, let alone marriages. It has been heard in the past years, dowry played such an important role in marriages that women were tortured inhumanly if dowry was not given by the bride’s family. (H. Jakir, personal communication, November 20, 2008) In our society and even the western world marriage rate is also increasing, according to Divorce Rate Org., 2009. Therefore we need to find out whether social plays any role in it. According to Walsh (2007), divorce occurs mainly where there is financial insecurity. Though there are still a lot of differences in western and eastern and even in the marriage rituals and beliefs but there is increasing concern for us as we are the upcoming generation. It is believed that Bengali marriages are arranged, but Hindu and Muslim marital practices differ in certain key respects. Among Hindus, considerations of caste rank are important; that is, marriage usually occurs between persons of the same caste. Hypergamous unions—between members of closely ranked castes, with women marrying upward—are not forbidden. But hypogamous marriages—in which a woman marries a man of a lower caste—are strongly discouraged and rarely occur. ( T. Zafar, personal communication, September 29, 2010) Thus the research was conducted to justify and prove my hypothesis as it follows. BACKGROUND What is Marriage?
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An institution where interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged by a variety of ways, depending on the culture or demographic. This is a typical definition that anyone can derive from one’s own knowledge and likewise a brief history was dictated on western culture context of marriage. The lecturer stated ‘In the western world Types of Marriages have also evolved according to the contemporary scenario. In modern day marriages, the duties of the parents towards their children are equal. Hypogamy has been reported to exceed hypergamy by the ratio of 10 to 1, 7 to 1,5 to 1 and 4 to 1 in western world context. Such ratios have been consistently estimated for over 85 years of
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