Exploring Arranged Marriages in My Family: Negotiations of Culture, Family, Gender, and Love in the Adventures in Marriage

  • Janaki Santhiveeran California State University, Long Beach


The purpose of this narrative is to explain how arranged marriage is an integral part of an Indian family, to describe how marriages are arranged, and to offer explanations for the acceptance of arranged marriages by educated women of Indian origin. Additionally, the author illustrates the changes that have occurred in arranged marriages over the decades by presenting the arranged marriages of her parents, her sisters, and her own. The author discusses how girls in her family were socialized to accept marriages arranged by their parents, and illustrates how love before marriage was frowned upon in her family and in India when she was growing up.

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