Marriage Defining Marriage



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Marriage

Defining Marriage

  • There is no single definition of marriage that is adequate to account for all of the diversity found in marriages cross-culturally.

  • In America marriage is legislated to be monogamous and heterosexual

Marriage and Rights

  • Edmund Leach argued that there are several different kinds of rights allocated by marriage.

  • Marriage can establish the legal father of a woman’s children and the legal mother of a man’s.

  • Marriage can give either or both spouses a monopoly in the sexuality of the other.

  • Marriage can give either or both spouses rights to the labor of the other.

  • Marriage can give either or both spouses rights over the other’s property.

  • Marriage can establish a joint fund of property—a partnership—for the benefit of the children.

  • Marriage can establish a socially significant relationship of affinity between spouses and their relatives.



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