Resnik, Reuben B.
October 1933
Social Forces;Oct33, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p94
Academic Journal
Intermarriage may be studied from several standpoints. One of these, for example, is the religio-historical approach. It treats of the subject from the point of view of the religion of a group and emphasizes the relation of intermarriage to the religion of that group and to the law of that state. The study of intermarriage from the standpoint of amalgamation has been approached statistically and anthropologically. Where the study is statistical, the intermarriage ratio, that is the number of racial intermarriages as compared with the total number of marriages, is used as an index to the rate of amalgamation of the different groups. Intermarriage as an assimilation process, is concerned with the fusion of cultures occurring out of the marriage of persons with different traditions, customs, and even morals. These differences are usually social or religious or both. Considering intermarriage the blending of different cultures through the medium of specific representatives of these, the mates, intermarriage obviously becomes a social fact and its sociological significance becomes an important factor.


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