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Analyzing Marriage Concepts
According to George marriage as an institution has undergone tremendous changes over the last three centuries that it has become essential for consumer scientists and sociologists to review their approaches towards marriage (11). The general realization is that with the changes in various structures and institutions in the society, the marriage institution has been compelled to respond to these changes, an aspect that has led to the current changes, approaches and perceptions surrounding marriage. In most traditional societies, marriage was thought of as a noble union between a man and a woman with the aim of bringing up children who were expected to carry on the traditions of the society and ensure continuity. However, the current concepts of marriage are very different having been affected by among other things socio-economic and cultural changes. The paper conducts an analysis on some of the emerging concepts of marriage and the general implications of such concepts on societies.
The Concept of Love. Whether real or just an imagined and overly popularized emotion, love has taken a center stage in the contemporary perception and approach in marriage. Traditionally, love was not a major consideration evident in arranged marriages in most Asian communities. In most current societies people get married because they have mutual feelings of love towards each other (Cloud 122). The general perception is that the great affection draws two individuals towards one another and that it should act as the foundation upon which two couples coexist with each other and perhaps establish a family. However, a closer look at the current trends implies that love is so fragile and short lived that it cannot solely hold the institution of marriage as evident by the increasing number of divorce cases especially in the developed countries. Love with respect to marriage is an...