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Arranged marriages in India versus love marriages in the United States Jala 1 Arranged marriages in India versus love marriages in America Sirisha Jala SOC 120: Introduction to Ethics & Social Responsibility William Banks October 22 nd , 2011
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Arranged marriages in India versus love marriages in the United States Jala 2 The research topic that the author chose is about arranged marriages and how the Utilitarianists and Cultural Relativists view arranged marriages. The author is enraged that many people believe that Arranged marriages are forced marriages when that is not true at all. The ethical problems that this issue presents is that many people who have arranged marriages are looked down upon and many Westerners are against it but they do not even know what arranged marriages truly are. This topic was selected due to personal reasons of being an Indian female of marriageable age and soon to be, one of subjects written about in these studies of arranged marriages. Asians are not the only people who practice arranged marriages since Muslims, Jewish, Amish, some Mormons, some Greeks, and African people do too. Compromise, mutuality, and chemistry are three of the reasons that the author believes make arranged marriages work. One thing that the Western world forgets is that arranged marriages happened in every culture until the last few centuries. One major misunderstanding about Arranged Marriages is that the Western World believes that an arranged marriage still means that a man and woman have met for the first time on their wedding day. That has not been the case for decades because many arranged marriage couples either meet at least six months to a year prior to the wedding. Arranged marriages last longer and arranged marriages are the typical Desi family affair, love marriages can last for a long time but people fall out of love and get divorced, arranged marriages have changed to adapt to the 21 st Century of Internet, and nowadays, in arranged marriages the children choose whom they marry but the parents have to meet the choice. Diverse from American culture is the culture of vibrant India. In Indian culture, the morals of the family are given more importance than that of a person’s own values
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Arranged marriages in India versus love marriages in the United States Jala 3 (Kalman, 2009). Alternatively, in American society the individualistic standards acquire more worth than the family ethics. The abiding principles behind an arranged marriage remain strong – lust does not a lasting marriage make and family knows best (Alvarez, 2003). The first theory that the author is using is that of utilitarianism. Utilitarianism argues about the greatest good for the greatest number of people involved (Mosser, 2010). To see if an act is the right or wrong thing to do is to look at its results, or consequences. Arranged marriages may prove more fulfilling than marriages of love when two people bring nothing but love to the relationship (Jewett & Shuster, 1996).
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