Topics in Social StudiesGlobal Acronyms and their Meanings Nigerian Acronyms and their Meanings Meaning and Objectives of Social Studies Environmental Problems, Causes, Effects and Solutions Conflict, causes, consequences and solutions to conflict Self Esteem, Characteristics of self esteem and ways to overcome low self esteem Forms of Marriage Forms of Marriage, Part 2 Harmful Traditional Practices in Nigeria Factors that lead to a failed marriage
Academic Questions in Social Studies
This a continuation of our previous article. If you wish read the part 1 of this article, please click HERE
Recall that Marriage is the coming together or union of a man and a woman to become husband and wife.
Mono means one. In monogamy, a man marries only one wife. Christian marriages are monogamous in nature. In momogamy, one of the spouse is permitted to remarry when a partner dies.
A marriage is considered to be polygamous when a person has more than one spouse. A man or a woman can be polygamous. When a man has more than one wife, it is referred to polygyny. When a woman has more than one husband, it’s called polyandry.
Note: Polygyny and polyandry are the two forms of polygamy. While polygyny is generally acceptable in various countries, polyandry, which is the practice of having more than one husband is typically frowned at.
King Solomon in the bible was polygamous with 700 wives (polygyny). Polygyny can also be seen in some Muslims families.
A marriage is said to be interfaith or mixed when the man and the woman are from different religion or (different denominations from the same religion). For instance, a Christian man marrying an Muslim woman is a mixed marriage while a Catholic man marrying a Pentecostal woman is also considered a mixed marriage even though they share the same faith in Jesus.
The term intra means "within or inside or same group". An intra-Faith marriage is a marriage between a man and a woman who share the same faith. An instance is when a Muslim man marries a Muslim woman or when a Catholic man marries a catholic woman.
This is the marriage between a man and a woman from a different race. An example is seen when a Nigerian man marries a Chinese woman. Their children are often considered to be half-caste. This form of marriage is a type of exogamy.
This is a form of marriage in which the partners make a prior agreement not to have children. The result of this kind of marrriage is the fact that divorce can be reached by mutual consent and neither partner will be responsible for any financial settlement after the divorce. (In 2019, The media had it that MacKenzie Bezos will become the richest woman in the world if she successfully get a divorce from Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos who happens to be the world's richest during that same year. A companionate marriage will prevent this kind of scenerio from occuring).
A trial marriage is an arrangement made by couples to live together for a period of time in order to test their compatibility status. To simply put, both couples are married only for a stipulated period of time.
In a left handed marriage, one of the partners is from a royal or noble or rich family while the other is typically of a lower status (not necessarily from a poor background). As a result, the spouse of the lower rank has no right nor claims to any royal title or position or inheritance. This marriage occurred in empires around the 15th - 19th centuries so as to forbid a son’s inheritance. Left handed marriage is also called a morganatic marriage.
As the name implies, this marriage exists NOT for love but for financial reasons or other practical reasons best known to the parties involved. Some people go into this marriage to gain an immigration status in a country; or to gain honours or popularity.
A common law marriage is said to exist between a couples who have lived together for a very long time with no prior form of marriage. Because these couples have lived together for a very long time,, they are thus considered married. This is what common law marriage entail and is recognized as a valid marriage in some countries and states. For instance, in America, the state Colorado recognizes this type of marriage as valid while California does not.
A couple is said to be in an open marriage when both partners agree to an external sexual relationship with other people or (extramarital sexual relationships). Both partners do not care about infidelity and adultery which happens to be a major characteristics of this kind of marriage.
Cousins can be of varying degree. These are:
In a cousin marriage, a person marries his or her cousin (could be first, second or third cousin). This type of marriage is seen and encouraged in some Asian countries to promote clan relationship. The marriage to a second cousin is legalized in USA while that to a first cousin is only permitted in some American states. On the other hand, cousin marriage is considered an abomination in Christianity or some other religion.
A forced marriage is a marriage that occurs without the free will of the man and (or) the woman. A forced marriage is considered a form of violence and is an abuse to human rights. Please read our article on human rights HERE. Forced marriage may result from pressure, restrictive measures or even wealth. We have heard cases of people who are flown abroad only to be forced into marriage over there. This form of marriage is against the constitutional law of a country and measures should be put in place to prevent it.
A zombie marriage is one in which both marriage partners are still living together but in its real sense, such marriage is considered to be technically dead. One of the partners feel an emptiness within but seems unable to do anything about it.
Amazing facts in Social Studies
NOTABLE POINTS IN Social Studies
The United Nations has six principal organs or arms. These are
United Nations (UN) is the world body set up to promote peace and unity among the countries of the world. It officially came into existence on the 24th day of October, 1945 after it had been ratified by five permanent members of the Security Council and by the other 46 signatories. These permanent members are:
In total, the numerical strength of the United Nations at its inception was fifty one (51) States
The Headquarter of United Nations is in New York City. It is located in the Turtle Bay Neighborhood of Manhattan