Publication Date

2015

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Xie, Charline

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Department

School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences

LCSH

Arranged marriage--Research--United States||Marriage brokerage--Research--United States||East Indian Americans--Marriage customs and rites||Pakistani Americans--Marriage customs and rites||Asian American studies||South Asian studies||Individual & family studies

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the phenomena of arranged-love marriage in married individuals from collectivistic cultures currently residing in the United States. This study was an attempt to understand the first-hand experiences of individuals who have entered into arranged-love marriages. Participants were asked semi-structured probing questions to gain an in-depth analysis of their experiences. It was discovered that contemporary Asian-Indian/Pakistani marital arrangements draw on concepts from both collectivistic and individualistic cultures as it relates to mate selection. Utilizing the modernization theory as an ecological backdrop and the social-exchange theory to understand the individuals in this type of marital arrangement, an enhanced version of this phenomenon was exposed for the first time which has now been termed as "Arranged-Love Marriage: Dating with a Purpose".

Comments

Advisors: Charline Xie.||Committee members: Susan Bowers; Florensia Surjadi.

Extent

113 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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