the nature of relationships in different cultures

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The nature of relationships in different cultures.

Gross (19 99) argues that culture has two main aspects, the objective aspect of culture include buildings, pictures, music or food. Whereas the subjective aspect includes beliefs, values and social norms.

In western society relationships are seen as arrangements or alliances between two people and are temporary so can be ended if the couple become unhappy. In contrast relationships in collectivist cultures have been characterised as;



Collectivist (seen a alliances between families or social groups rather than the individuals).

The psychology of arranged marriages.

Arranged marriages are the most common forms of marriage in the world. Iwao (19 93) found that ¼ of marriages in Japan were arraigned. Batabyal (2001) carried out several reviews into the processes involving arranged marriages. He suggested that this type of marriage is based on the belief that young people will not be able to find the right long term partner for themselves. This is why partners are chosen by the parents or well wishers. The first stage is to identify possible partners biased on family and economics. Batabyal noted that in modern arranged marriages the one who is wishing to be married has more choice on who they pick. They are able to refuse to marry the potential partner and the well wishers will find other candidates.

Arranged marriages in collectivist cultures.

In India arranged or love marriages are possible for seeking partners. Umadevil, Venkatarmaiah and Srinivasulu (19 92) compared preferences of arranged or love marriages of female Indian students. They…


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