November 5, 2012
Human Ecology 230
Dr. Jada Brooks
The Culture of Polygamy
Marriage is considered to be a universal concept that society has accepted. In society, some type of union or pact allows two or more individuals to become a union in purpose of maintaining a family or economically joined household. there are many ways to conceive the term “marriage”. In some cultures, it is perceived as acceptable to have more than one husband. However, the most common deviation from a marriage of two individuals, is the marriage of one man to many wives, which is referred to as polygamy. This form of lifestyle is found in cultures that are defined by ...view middle of the document...
Although most of our society view these types of arrangements as immoral and illegal, polygamy has been apart of the world’s culture and is continuously accepted in areas such as Africa, India and Canada. In our society, nothing is more upsetting to some than diversity in an area that has been tradition for years and polygamy shatter that norm for most of the population. However, not polygamist families have faced physical, mental and sexual abuse; there are families that are content, functioning very well and they also allow the wives to be independent. According to the show “Sister Wives” Kody Brown and his four wives support this culture and they also believe they reap the benefits of being a polygamist. All of Kody’s wives have stated that becoming apart of a polygamist family allowed them to endure advantages such as extra hands to care for children, a bigger financial income, more sibling for the children to have but most of all built in deterrent to infidelity on the part of the husband because he’s allowed an unrestricted number of wives. Disadvantages associated with this culture are being more likely to catch STD’s, going against everything feminist fought for, the children having a lack of understanding and the wives becoming jealous of one another. As far as living arrangements, individuals in this culture normally buy homes that are built by polygamist in which the house holds separate apartments within for each wife and children. Even though each wife has their own apartment under the same roof, each family still acts as one.
Our textbook “Race and Family: A Structural Approach” states “under such a conjugally oriented system, monogamy, spousal co-residence