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Marriage in the Western European Society

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Marriage in the Western European Society Without exception marriage is a human social construct. The animal kingdom does appear to have a number of species that appear to mate for life but the term marriage implies a formal commitment requiring ceremony, social obligations and rights. There are also very many cultural differences around the world in what is perceived to be “marriage”. However, without exception all cultures do have an understanding of the term, have obligations and benefits to marriage, most especially for men. We shall, for the purpose of this essay, only explore Western European society. The last fifty or so years have seen massive changes to many of the social structures and institutions. Many of the formal obligations and requirements placed on individuals have been liberalised and a greater emphasis is placed on the rights of the individual to self-expression and freedom of social movement. Included in this fast social shift is the concept of marriage. The social and legal benefits of marriage w...

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that marriage in western european society is a human social construct. there are many cultural differences around the world in what is perceived as "marriage".
  • Opines that western european society has seen massive changes to many of the social structures and institutions.
  • Explains that the social and legal benefits of marriage were only open to heterosexual couples and it was extremely rare for couples to divorce or formally separate.
  • Opines that formal institutions such as governments, the legal system and the church still favor heterosexual marriage and still place certain benefits to married couples.
  • Opines that married couples still have more rights and security than non-married couples. the european convention on human rights has proved to conflict with a number of member states domestic laws.
  • Argues that marriage should be protected within law and governments should offer marriage protection.
  • Argues that marriage could be coming back into its own with the introduction of single sex ceremonies.
  • Opines that marriage is still the perceived desire of most adolescents and early twenty-year-olds. governments and the church still favour married couples over and above singles or civil ceremony couples.
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