Economics of Marriage Change in a South Indian Village

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The Indian marriage system has undergone major changes in the last few decades. Studies have found an expansion and intensification of dowry and increase in age at marriage. Using information from a village in Tamil Nadu, south India, this article shows that recent marriage changes in the study village (increased number of love‐marriages and stagnation or slight decline in marriage age) are caused by the economic independence and personal autonomy among the younger generation which are products of major changes in the socio‐economic organization of the society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-590
Number of pages22
JournalDevelopment and Change
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1994

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