Arraged Marriage

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Arraged Marriage

By | June 2012
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According to Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge, "the Western egalitarian ideal that an individual should be free to marry whomever he or she chooses is a distinct arrangement, certainly not universally embraced" (Haviland et. al. 212). This quote by Haviland brings up an interesting question: which type of marriage is best for societies? Many individuals believe arranged marriages are better because they are more stable and long-lasting than marriages made by choice. To begin, arranged marriages are more stable than marriages made by choice. One reason for this is that arranged marriages are not decided upon based on the whims of young people. In western societies, it is common for young people to decide who they date and who they marry. Because of this, a trend in divorce is common among individuals that marry at a young age. Consider the information presented at the following link: http://www.divorcerate.org/. It is obvious that individuals that marry at a young age in America have a higher chance of divorcing, especially if they are between the ages of 20 and 24 at the time of their marriage. It is said that 50% of marriages in America end in divorce. However, societies in which arranged marriages are common have much lower divorce rates. For instance, the divorce rate in India is an exceedingly low 1.1%. The reason for such low divorce rates in societies with arranged marriages is because adults decide who dates who and who marries who. In this way, the qualities of the individuals are intricately examined without the influence of young raging hormones.