Marriage and Family: Many Americans claim to believe that “love is blind” and th
Marriage and Family: Many Americans claim to believe that "love is blind" and that romance can spring up anywhere, as long as two people have chemistry. Chapter 14, however, argues that Cupid's arrow is largely aimed by society. What social factors play into the mate selection process? Explain. Then, watch ONE of the following: documentary/biography "Meet the Patels" (check out the trailer and streaming options (Links to an external site.)) or, the film "The Big Sick" (check out the trailer and streaming options (Links to an external site.)) ...and be sure to discuss how what the main character is going through (either Ravi Patel for "Meet the Patels," or Kumail Nanjiani for "The Big Sick"), relates to the concepts presented in the text for this chapter. Lastly, examine your own relationships (past, present, anticipated future, etc.) and discuss how these social factors influenced your own mate selection. Do you see any patterns in the people you tend to date and/or the circumstances? Describe these phenomena from your life in sociological terms from the text. 3) Marriage and Family - alternate, if you can't find the documentary or film above: Many Americans claim to believe that "love is blind" and that romance can spring up anywhere, as long as two people have chemistry. Chapter 14, however, argues that Cupid's arrow is largely aimed by society. What social factors play into the mate selection process? Explain. Then, do some research on how other societies view and practice love and marriage, particularly within bi-cultural families, such as those who immigrated to the US in recent generations and are attempting to juggle a fine balance between customs in the US, and those of their native countries. Be sure to relate how some of these phenomena relate to the concepts presented in the text for this chapter, and remember to include citations to your sources within your paper, and at the end via a Works Cited or Bibliography. Lastly, examine your own relationships (past, present, anticipated future, etc.) and discuss how these social factors influenced your own mate selection. Do you see any patterns in the people you tend to date and/or the circumstances? Describe these phenomena from your life in sociological terms from the text.

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