Monday January 20 ,2014
Sociology II- week 3
Emergence of love in mate selection
• Romantic love as an important factor in the choice of a marriage partner first gained
currency in eighteenth-century England with the rise of liberalism and individualism.
• Today’s close connection between love and marriage emerged in the early twentieth
century with the rise of media/advertising and theraputic/psychological cultures
• Certain spouses bring ‘resources such money, status and assets to the market
• Mate selection is determined partly by size, geographical dispersion, and sex ratio of
groups to which a person belongs as well as social composition of local marriage
markets frequented by person.
• Falling in love is no