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Exploring Marriage In Regards To Social Class

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When one attends a wedding, they probably think what a lovely couple the bride and groom make or wonder when they’ll start procreating. Marriage is socially acceptable in the United States and is actually encouraged and expected for heterogeneous couples. But getting married is not as simple as some make it out to be; many people find alternatives to the traditional wedding scene and some refrain from getting married in the first place. I have noticed by observing those around me that people view matrimony differently according to what social class they are in. Most of the marriages in my family have not exactly worked out in everyone’s favor, and so I wanted to research and learn why people get married according to their social status. This paper explores how marriage differs across various social classes. I will assess the rates of marriage and the reasoning behind marriage for the social classes of the lower, middle, and upper varieties.
A social politics article states, “Marriage promotion is a neoliberal policy shifting risk to the shoulders of the poor, aiming to produce ‘strong families’ for the purposes of social security” (Geva, 2011). One may ask: how does the government benefit from making “strong families”? I believe the implied statement here is that married couples make more money and so that means more social security money coming in for the government, meaning the government ultimately benefits from citizens getting married. Statistics show that 48 percent of the population surveyed declared their marital status as married, excluding the people who are married but separated (Census, 2012). Taking this information into consideration, this means that about 52 percent of the population surveyed was not married, whether they were divorced, single, or separated. Government agencies have been promoting marriage among those of the lower classes, but they have been shifting the leader of the family to the mother in order to make her appear as the breadwinner. This may lead to influences on who gets married and who does not.
Other than government entities influencing marriage occurrences, race also correlates with if or how people get married. There is a theory that “intermarriage actually helps to preserve the social classes that separate the rich and the poor along racial lines” (Fu, 2007). So, the idea is that race is also a factor in determining what socioeconomic status someone stands in, and whether or not marrying someone of a different race and class will affect their income negatively overall or create more separation between the classes. Fu also hypothesizes that exchanging statuses within social classes in intermarriage relate to lower income levels within families and higher odds of being in poverty for low social economic status racial groups (Fu, 2007). I think this sheds some truth on a matter that is often ignored; interracial marriages often seem to lead to changes in social class, whether it’s a downgrade or an...

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