[...] a conservative Swaminarayan Hindu temple may arrange marriages through family networks to ensure religious and racial endogamy, while a liberal Indian Catholic church may allow dating in its community as an appropriate method of meeting potential marriage partners, or a conservative mosque may advocate arranged or semi-arranged marriages in hopes of maintaining modesty and chastity norms2. Entire ethnic communities make great efforts to find appropriate mates for single South Asian immigrants and have developed a "marriage economy" (Foner 1997).\n Discussion of Data and Conclusion According to this research, dating and the love marriage is more common for Hindu immigrants than for Muslim or Christian immigrants, and the arranged marriage is more common among Muslim immigrants, than for Hindu or Christian immigrants.13 Both Muslim and Christian immigrants prefer the semi-arranged marriage over the arranged-marriage or dating option. [...] arranged marriages are a way to retain ethnic and cultural traditions.
TO ARRANGE OR NOT: MARRIAGE TRENDS IN THE SOUTH ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY Farha Ternikar Ethnic Studies Revi
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