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“How Structurism Arranges Marriage in India, America, and the Rest of the World” in Fact, Marriage in the U.S. Is Just as Arranged as Marriage in India.

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“How Structurism Arranges Marriage in India, America, and the Rest of the World”
In fact, marriage in the U.S. is just as arranged as marriage in India.

Outright if you were to ask someone if marriage in the United States was the same as in India, you would surely get a quick; “No” for a response since largely the United States practices marriages of individual self-choice while India practices arranged marriage. For better or worse, there are many reasons as to why both these countries follow their own marriage styles, but what happens if we were to look beyond what’s in front of us and truly study what ‘unseen’ forces play into a marriage. Would we even dare suggest that marriage in the United States (the freest nation in the world) is just as arranged in India, is it possible to see that arranged marriages in India are perhaps freer than a marriage of self-choice? First we must answer what is a marriage and what forces play into a marriage to truly know.
The definition of a marriage in the 1950’s was the union of a non-related male and female backed by their family members with duties and obligations to love and care for one another with the prospect of having children. Nowadays this definition is dated, thanks to the study of Anthropology and the phenomena of homosexuality; a politically correct and culturally considerate definition of marriage would be; “a culturally sanctioned union between two or more people that establishes certain rights and obligations between the people, between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws.” The study of Anthropology brought the discovery of different cultural practices in other parts of the world, where there are polygamous marriages of 3 or more people, ghost marriages where one of the parties are in fact deceased, and homosexual marriages where both parties of the same sex. Returning...

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