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Love marriages vs. arranged marriages

July 31, 2011

“as Suarez-Orozco and Qin-Hillard remind us, ‘love marriage’ is

‘a historically new and, until very recently, ethnographically rare practice – and the idea of ‘arranged marriage’ – the preferred marriage practice found in most ethnographic and historical records – can open up more nuanced and sophisticated understandings of human nature and culture, history and kinship, social organization and values.  If the child learns nothing else, she should know that there is nothing natural about love marriages.‘” (p103)

Ref: (all emphases mine) Susan Louise Stewart (2008) ‘Beyond Borders: Reading ‘Other’ Places in Children’s Literature’ Children’s Literature in Education 39; 95-105

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