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ERIC Number: ED410498
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 17
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Social Change & Marriage Norms-Values in the Middle East. A Case-Study of Kuwait.
Al Naser, Fahad
The term "social change" refers to variations over time in the ecological ordering of populations and communities, in patterns of roles and social interactions, and in the cultures of societies. Some facets of social change in one middle eastern country are presented in this paper. The study looks at the influence of social changes on marriage norms, and was conducted in the context of the socio-cultural change that has accompanied the altered political and economic circumstances of the country. After a brief literature review and history, the details of mate selection, age criteria, and marriage ceremonies are presented. Results of the research indicate that the people of this country have a strong tendency to follow dictates of age, religion, sect, nationality, and caste when marrying someone. However, the numbers of those marrying across these lines has increased in the past 10 years, especially among people of higher socio-economic status with a college education and a high-status job. It is assumed that these kinds of marriages will increase during the 1990s. (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kuwait