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Pyaar Ya Rishta?: Love or Arranged?
by Memon, Alveena, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2021, 78; 28264864
Abstract (Summary)

For generations, many countries in South Asia, such as India and Pakistan, have been practicing arranged marriage. This is a marriage that is agreed upon by the parents of the proposed bride and groom. These practices have occurred for many generations among many groups across the globe. In contrast to the practice of parentally arranged marriages are marriages formed through a love match. This type of marriage is also found in many communities across the globe, more often in westernized countries such as the United States and Europe where creating a strong emotional attachment before marriage is common. In (arranged marriage) diasporic communities within the United States, conflict can arise when daughters and sons are raised as Americans who have embraced the notion of marrying for love. While the generation raised in America may embrace the new cultural ways of finding partners, their parents often still seek to place them in a marriage of parental choice.

This study investigates the views on arranged marriage of and for Memon women raised in the United States. Twelve interviews of first-generation American Memon women were conducted; six first-generation American Memon women who are at the age of marriage. (i.e. 18-26 years old) and six women who married within the last five years. The study finds that many things are changing for new generations living in a broader society that embraces love marriages. There are those who now reject arranged marriage. Many continue to welcome being arranged by their parents and that generation. Yet the traditional practices leading up to marriage may be changing with respect to how young people meet each other and do their own assessments on their potential compatibility. In the end, no matter how one is marrying, most of the study participants have kept traditional marriage values, such as experiencing the arranged marriage process by receiving multiple proposals that are approved by the family, looking through pictures and bio-data of potential suitors, and declining or accepting a suitor.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: LeMaster, Barbara
Commitee: Klein, Wendy, Rousso-Schindler, Steven
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/10(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Asian American Studies, South Asian Studies
Keywords: Arranged marriage, Media, South Asia, Wedding, WhatsApp, Memon women
Publication Number: 28264864
ISBN: 9798597084749
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