Indian Dowry: Marriage, Fire And Death

1890 words - 8 pages

Bride burning is becoming popular in parts of India and could be considered a ritual amongst the culture. I will discuss bride burning as a ritual and bring to light the meaning of dowry in India as well as the marriage process.

Research focus
Although dowry has been the cultural norm in India, recently, it has become a violent act. Bride burning is now seen as a ritual and is becoming more and more popular amongst the culture. My goal is to inform the public about Indian expectations in marriage. 

1. If families do not have dowry to give, why do they force their daughters to get married?

2. Why has bride burning become so popular?

3.  What traditions are consistent in bride burning? 

My research will inform readers of the cultural differences between western culture and Indian culture. As I was deciding which topic to write about, I came across bride burning in India as a potential topic. As I read more into it, I was in shock and could not believe this was happening to women. I feel as though not enough people know of this ritual and I would like to inform more people about it. 

I will conduct my research using a newspaper article outlining the increase in bride burning. I will also use multiple academic journals that discusses dowry and marriage that I found on Anthro source. Our Bodley textbook also gave footnotes to a scholarly journal which I will also use to back up my proposal. I went on google to find anything written about the topic, I then used our Ithaca Library database and through Anthro source, I found various journals and scholarly articles on my topic. I will be taking the approach of MLA citation instead of the anthropological way of APA as I am more familiar with MLA. I plan to have a friend read this section of my research and then I will begin writing a first draft. Once I complete my draft, I will either have another classmate read it, or go to office hours for more assistance and insight. I plan to have all of this completed by the end of the week, Friday, April 8, 2014.   

Possible Limitations
Limitations to my research that may occur will be the possibility of talking to an actual Indian bride. Although that would be valuable in my research, I simply do not have the time. Another limitation would be the fact that I cannot fly to India and observe the household of a married couple, or experience the process of an Indian marriage. These limitations would have been a great addition to my research, but cannot happen due to the amount of time and lack of funds to complete these tasks. Another problem is not having enough sources to carry out my research and explain my reasoning. I will use what I have and explain myself to the best of my ability with the information I have gathered thus far.

Final Form
By the end of my research, I would hope that I answered my questions along with the sub-questions. I also hope that I informed my reader of the ritual happening in India and possibly...

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