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Interracial Marriages and Same Sex Relationships

Interracial couples as well as same sex couples face many of the same controversial problems and dilemmas, however, not many differences could be seen between the values of these couples regardless of their generations. The two different groups of individuals being interviewed were a selected group of interracial couples of an older age group ranging from 60 – 33, and a group of same sex couples the ages of 25 – 19. The relationship that was being studied was the relationship values between individuals in interracial relationships in previous generations versus the values of individuals in same sex relationships in our current generation. My hypothesis was that interracial couples as well as same sex couples face many of the same controversial problems and dilemmas, therefore not many differences could be seen between the values of these couples regardless of their generations.

Interracial couples have been defined by my partner Zoya and I, as two people of different races or ethnic backgrounds who are united economically as well as emotionally and physically in a monogamous relationship. Likewise, same sex couples have been defined, as two people of the same sex who are united economically as well as emotionally and physically in a monogamous relationship. Coming from a very mixed and interracial family, as well as someone in a same sex relationship; the idea of studying what was important to me and others of my generation relationship wise as oppose to older generations of mixed races seemed almost necessary as well as interesting. My partner agreed, saying that she was interested on what the differences and similarities might be; also hypothesizing that the studies done on the interracial and same sex couples could pertain t...

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...rences would have played into the project. Relating what I have done to my major and to my career aspirations, it has allowed me to think as a sociologist. I have decided to enter the field of criminal justice with a possible minor in sociology. This project has allowed me to take the first initial steps into the world of sociology as far as research, review and experiments/studies.

Works Cited

Cohen, T., DeVault, C., & Strong, B. (2011) The Marriage and Family Experience 11th Edition. S4Carslile Publishing Services

Ford-Robertson, J., & Lewis, R. (2010) Understanding the Occurrences of Interracial Marriage in the United States through Differential Assimilation. Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 41 Issue 2 (p405-420)

Van Hook, J., & Zhang, Y. (February 2009) Marital Dissolution among Interracial Couples. Journal of Marriage and Family, Vol. 71 Issue 1 (p95-107)

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