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Encyclopaedia of Indian Marriage and Family ( In 3 Volumes)

Shailendra Kumar Singh (Author)

In India, people learn the essential themes of cultural life within the bosom of a family. In most of the country, the basic units of society are the patrilineal family unit and wider kinship groupings. The most widely desired residential unit is the joint family, ideally consisting of three or four patrilineally related generations, all living under one roof, working, eating, worshipping, and cooperating together in mutually beneficial social and economic activities. Marriage is deemed essential for virtually everyone in India. For the individual marriage is the great watershed in life, marking the transition to adulthood. Generally, this transition, like everything else in India, depends little upon individual volition but instead occurs as a result of the efforts of many people. Even as one is born into a particular family without the exercise of any personal choice, so is one given a spouse without any personal preference involved. The book is an asset is an asset for all scholars, researchers, teachers, students and of course, the general readers.


Volume 1.

1. Marriage and Family : The Spiritual Significance 2. Concept of Family and Marriage 3. Caste System, Family Life and Family Values 4. Factors Considered in Arranging Marriage 5. Indian Wedding 6. Marriage in Crisis 7. Divorce-Proof Your Marriage 8. Toward a Cultural Psychology of Enmeshment in Hindu Families.
Volume 2.

9. Measuring Influence on Our Children 10. Hindu Marriages--Purpose and Significance 11. Changing Family System among a Matrilineal Group in India 12. Traditional Asian Family Systems 13. Findings Relevant to the Family 14. A History of Child Marriage in India 15. Traditions of Extended Family in India.

Volume 3.

16. Marriage Customs of India 17. A Social Study of the Benefits of the Joint Family System 18. Joint Families Vs. Nuclear Families 19. Child Marriages, Though Illegal, Persist in India 20. Marriage in India--Is it Really an Institution? 21. Common Marriage Problems 22. Changing Facets of Indian Wedding 23. Children in Family : Purchase Decision Making in India and the West 24. Marriage and Event Services.
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About the author

Shailendra Kumar Singh

Shailendra Kumar Singh teaches translation at Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University at Wardha. His publilcations are in the area of sociolinguistics, and translation studies.

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Bibliographic information

Title Encyclopaedia of Indian Marriage and Family ( In 3 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788126140879
length viii+viii+viii+1472p., Illustrations; Bibliography, Index.