Since the beginning of the human civilization, discoveries have shown that although human beings have always had the need to fulfill their basic needs (clothing, food, and shelter), they also have the need for interaction, curiosity, communication, and even strive for stability. This has therefore influenced religious beliefs and cultural practices among other aspects of a society which influence how a particular society upholds their rites of passage. For example, while marriage generally involves two people being joined in union, different cultures define the institution based on religion, social status, and economy among other facets. Rituals therefore define a community in terms of the people involved and their relevance, economic and social stature and the type of people one would expect to do certain things. When it comes to weddings, for instance, Americans tend to view the formality as a personal event for the couple being unified. The bride and groom are typically the center of attention and play a vital role in the planning of the occasion, although they may get some assistance from family and friends. Having mentioned the above, everything about the ritual puts an emphasis on the bride and groom and demands acknowledgement in return. Since detailing is an integral part of the ceremony, an industry has emerged that supports and economic growth although that in itself is dependent on the social status. Oprah, a high profile personality, would obviously draw attention if part of a guest not only because of her status, but her dressing. To me both weddings were similar despite the different cultural background, the weddings happened years apart but it was very interesting to see the similarity .One thing the two weddings had in common was that both brides wore special dresses for the day, in the Maria –Shriver wedding she wore a white gown symbolizing purity this was part of her tradition that been passed on for many generations. The Kwakiutl bride didn’t wear a typical white dress but her dress was special and symbolic to her culture . Typically in weddings, guests are expected to bring gifts to the bride and groom may it be in form of money or physical gifts, the gifts are exchanged during bridal showers or at the wedding . In the Kwakiutl wedding the gifts are exchanged before the wedding and even after the occasion is over .Exchanging of gift is another similarity this two wedding have , the gifts are a symbol of a new beginning for the newly weds. I just recently got married in August 30th of this year and experienced this first hand, I am originally from Kenya and we have traditions that we have to
The News coverage presented by one three of the commercial station, NBC had the tendency of supporting the same- sex marriage issues. One of the coverage’s I viewed was a reported story in which many gay rights activist were interviewed on the issue of the same-sex marriage ban in the state of Texas. Before the activist were interviewed there were gay rights supporters cheering a federal judge’s decision in Texas on to take down the Lone Star state’s same-sex marriage ban with shouts…
research into the effects of culture on romantic relationships
Myers et al conducted research regarding voluntary and non-voluntary relationships. He studied individuals in India living in arranged marriages and found no differences in marital satisfaction when compared to individuals in non-arranged marriages in the US.
One strength of this theory is that it holds good ecological validity. Since it may have been difficult to actually measure the marital satisfaction of an individual the study may have…
throughout every society. (b) Society punishes both acts that are inherently wrong and absolutely evil but it varies between the different societies. For example, sex before marriage is a serious crime in some cultures to the point that the individual might be put to death by stones. Where as in the most of U.S. culture sex before marriage is considered to be normal and not looked down upon. (c) Crime exists in every society or in otherwise universal. Since it is universal then it must be necessary. Just…
much to cover. Family dynamics covers things from why children are depressed, single parent households, stresses of working parents and the roles men and women play and many more. Family dynamics affect the way a person grows up and what their social norms are and what is expected out of them. Many things can affect the family dynamic some positive and some negative so I will try and give clear and concise information on this subject to give a better perspective.
The research I have found on the family…
From a Psychosocial Orientation
A psychosocial orientation takes into account
• Psychological factors
- Emotions, attitudes, motivations
• Social conditioning factors
- Process with which we learn our social norms
• Biological factors
- Hormones, nervous system, genetics, etc.
Controversy and Diversity in Human Sexuality
Why do the authors attempt to bring an
inclusive approach to Our Sexuality?
Diversity in the United States
What factors contribute to…
missing in their marriage; maybe a lack of passion, independence and enthusiasm. They are married to cope with society’s norm. “And yet she had loved him- sometimes. Often she had not.” Therefore Mrs. and Mr. Mallard are in a partnership to silence the pressure society presses on women to become a wife, mother, and homemaker. There is no doubt Mrs. Mallard wants to feel a longing for Mr. Mallard to be home safe and alive, but true love and desire is not entirely present in this marriage.
express their social norms in public, and homophobia.
Marriage among homosexuals has been highly repressed in our society. Marriage has been defined as a legal, religious, and social certified union of persons who commit to one another. The key word in this definition is Persons because it states no justification of gender. In addition, according to the United States constitution, “all men are created equal with life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” (U.S constitution). Isn’t marriage part of happiness…
In the story "Shiloh", Norma Jean is leaving her husband Leroy after sixteen years of marriage. When Leroy comes home after experiencing a truck driving accident injuring his leg, Norma Jean isn't sure what to think of it. Bobbie Ann Mason uses feminine and masculine characteristics in the characters actions to symbolize that the gender roles have been reversed from the drastic changes that are taking place. IN the beginning Norma Jean begins to weight lift to build her muscle while Leroy sits…
both genders carry a heart and brain and thus, should be awarded with the same rights. Both Their Eyes Were Watching God and Feminism is for Everybody explore the constraints that society’s patriarchal norms impose on a woman’s search for her self-identity as well as rebel against its outlook of marriage as a sacred foundation.
Throughout various points of the book Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie struggles with the concept of identifying her voice and deciding when to speak and when to be silent…