Changing patterns of marriage in Indian society


Gaganpreet Kaur and Sukhdev Singh



Indian Journal of Economics and Development
Year : 2013, Volume : 9, Issue : 3
First page : ( 261) Last page : ( 267)
Print ISSN : 2277-5412. Online ISSN : 2322-0430.
Article DOI : 10.5958/j.2322-0430.9.3.010

Changing patterns of marriage in Indian society

Kaur Gaganpreet, Research Scholar, Singh Sukhdev, Professor of Sociology
Department of Economics and Sociology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141004

JEL Classification: Z10, Z13, J12

Online published on 21 September, 2013.

Like the other social phenomenon, the institution of marriage has also been experiencing profound changes. The practice of monogamy has largely been followed by all sections of society. Taking consent of the children for their marriage, declining stability of the marriage coupled with enhanced greed of the bridegroom’s family are some of the perceptible changes occurring in the institution of marriage. An economic development, arrival of technology, increased materialism in the life, legislative efforts are some of the important factors responsible for generating changes in the institution of marriage. New social phenomenon such as gay/lesbian relations, cohabitation, DINK Syndrome are emerging in this modern age which were not part of traditional Indian society. Even if, the new trends are emerging yet importance of marriage has not diminished.