ABSTRACT

The chapters in this book have highlighted the multidimensional nature of marriage, mapping out terrains of personal and social histories in an attempt to take stock of this institution-cum-relationship. The ground has by no means been fully covered. Other chapters might have attended to marriage as a legal contract, an economic unit, or an anthropological phenomenon. Perhaps it is significant that the common thread running through this book is the concept of marriage as a personal relationship. There are problems with this emphasis, especially when the personal is disconnected from its social context, but there are also opportunities stemming from it.