M.S. (Master of Science)
School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences
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
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".
Patel, Samreen Qamaruddin, "An exploratory study of arranged-love marriage in couples from collectivistic culture" (2015). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 1307.
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Advisors: Charline Xie.||Committee members: Susan Bowers; Florensia Surjadi.