Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Cousin marriage = arranged marriage = coercive marriage

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That's it really - but it is a point most people seem to miss.

People don't spontaneously and en masse pick-out their cousins from all others as marriage partners; nor will people marry their cousins above all others without powerful carrots and sticks.

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Of course I am referring to cousin marriage as a societal norm - and certainly not to each and every individual instance of cousin marriage - obviously some cousin marriages are spontaneous love matches. But most are not when it is the societal norm.

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And whether spontaneous love matches are the best basis for marriage as a social norm is another question again - maybe arranged marriages, and coercive marriages are better overall? Certainly there are strong arguments on that side.

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I'm just saying that cousin marriage as a societal norm is inevitably achieved by social mechanisms that are arranged and coercive.

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P.S - I won't be publishing comments for this post.

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