Japanese And Muslim Cultures : Family Structure

1340 WordsApr 9, 20176 Pages
Japanese and Muslim cultures are extremely different and interesting, which makes for a great analysis. By drawing on themes of family structure, marriage and child rearing, gender roles, child socialization, and divorce and child-custody, I can further explain my point about how diverse these cultures are. Type of Families & Family Structure The Japanese culture has a dualistic structure of family; the nuclear and the stem. The nuclear family traditionally consisted of the parents and their children and developed into a stem family when the household became three generational. Since then, the Japanese culture has become much more modernized and nontraditional family structures emerged. The traditional living arrangements, where the…show more content…
In addition, another important change that emerged in modernity was the idea that both men and women were marrying and having children much later in life. One of the major reasons for this change was the advancement in educational attainment. Due to this rise in education, women are becoming much more autonomous and are willing to postpone their marriages in order for them to pursue the life that they always wanted (Kumagai, 2016). Since men and women are getting married much later, it is almost natural that they are too having children later. When looking at the statistics, prior to the rise in education, Japanese children represented one-third of the population, and today, they represent one in seven (Kumagai, 2016). In comparison, within the Muslim culture, marriage is deeply rooted in the Islamic religion. Although they may not be restricted to arranged marriages, they have to abide their strict rules of partner selection. A Muslim man may not marry non-Muslim women, but is allowed to marry catholic or Jewish women on the condition that the women are pure. Women, on the other hand, may not marry outside the faith. If they disobey this rule, they face being disowned by their families. Women must also ask the permission of her father or grandfather before she takes the decision to marry. Another interesting fact about Muslim marriage is that polygyny is permitted but polyandry is not. This is the idea that men are
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