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Love And Marriage

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The current chapter reveals that marriage is the 'natural' destiny for all the participants in this study, whereas parenthood is no longer seen as fate in Cohort Three. Despite the fact that many participants lacked experience of intimate relations with the opposite sex, this gender chasm was resolved by arrangements for marriage by third parties. The first section of this chapter looks at the participants' development of sexual identity in conjunction with adolescence and dating. The next section explores the patterns, and social and personal meanings, of marriage. Physical maturation at puberty is a significant factor in adolescence and it is important to pay attention to cultural and societal interpretations of physical changes because the cultural and social meanings given to the changes embody gender relations. Girls and boys are aware of their own bodily changes, as well as those of the opposite sex.

Keywords: adolescence; cohort three; gender relations; Marriage; physical maturation; sexual identity; societal interpretations



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