Social change, premarital nonfamily experience, and spouse choice in an arranged marriage society

Dirgha J. Ghimire, William G. Axinn, Scott T. Yabiku, Arland Thornton

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This article examines the influences of nonfamily experiences on participation in the selection of a first spouse in an arranged marriage society. The authors developed a theoretical framework to explain how a broad array of nonfamily experiences may translate into greater participation in the choice of a spouse. Analyses show that premarital nonfamily experiences, in general, and media exposure and participation in youth clubs, in particular, have strong positive effects on individual participation in the choice of a spouse. These findings suggest new ways of thinking about the relationship between social change and the transition away from arranged marriage. Overall, changes in these nonfamily experiences can account for a substantial fraction of the historical increase of youth involvement in mate selection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1181-1218
Number of pages38
JournalAmerican Journal of Sociology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006


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  • Sociology and Political Science

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