The rise of individualism in the west paired with negative connotations linked to the single woman,

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The rise of individualism in the west paired with negative connotations linked to the single woman, or ‘spinster’, in Euro-American culture has led to the debate of whether it is ‘good to be alone’. It is generally viewed that societies that conform to collectivism tend to ben non-western or ‘traditional’, whereas individualistic societies are predominantly seen to represent the west. It is not however as simply defined. It is important to question what it means to be alone, and whether there are different meanings in societies of the world. Given the incidences of mental illness in Ireland due to the ever apparent isolation of its inhabitants it is right to assume it is good to be alone in the modern west? Furthermore is this idea or way…show more content…
They find kinship through means of their brothers and his offspring. It is in this way they can maintain a relationship with kin and remain part of the patrilineal family; a preferable choice for many women. Eastern Indonesia favour exogamous marriage and the ideology of patrilineal descent. (Stafford 2007) This ultimately means that when married they are required to leave their natal home. If they are to remain as daughters and sisters they stay in their native home. Stafford suggests “spinster clustering” may take place where several sisters remain unmarried and live together in their paternal household, thus eliminating loneliness. It is of use to note that there are several exceptions to this accepted form of spinsterhood. Stafford argues there are no unmarried women in the village over the age of 60 (Stafford 2007). Likely causes of this are the increased availability of primary schooling, economic factors and links to the Catholic Church. According to Stafford the people of Maguraii do not favour sleeping or eating alone. “People in Manggarai view being alone as, at best, a temporary inconvenience and, at worst, a spiritually and emotionally dangerous state.” It is interesting to understand that the Maguraii do not view being alone in a positive light. Orphans and only children are spoken of as alone, although this varies depending on the sex of the child. Those outside the reciprocal exchange obligations are viewed critically

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