Humphreys, Margaret (Marguerita T.). Gender relationships, matching, and marriage customs in an Irish rural community

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Title: Gender relationships, matching, and marriage customs in an Irish rural community

Published in: Folk life: journal of ethnological studies -- Vol. 48, no. 1

Published By: Folk life: journal of ethnological studies -- Vol. 48, no. 1 Cardiff, Wales: Society for Folk Life Studies. 2010. 13-34 p.

By line: Margaret Humphreys

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2017. Computer File

Culture: Rural Irish (ER06)

Subjects: Interviewing in research (124); Gender status (562); Basis of marriage (581); Arranging a marriage (584); Family relationships (593); Social control (626); Sexual stimulation (832);

Abstract: This study of marriage and family life in an Irish village is based on recorded interviews. The author examines gender roles, relationships and socialization within the home. Sex was a taboo subject. Older interviewees commented that there was no sex instruction in the home; in fact, sex as a topic of discussion was discouraged by parents and the bodily changes of daughters were entirely ignored by their mothers. Marriage was an important goal for females and matchmaking was the traditional mode. The author notes changes in courtship practices and weakening parental control over young adults and marriage.

Document Number: 25

Document ID: er06-025

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: 1998-1999

Evaluation: Folklorist, Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard; 2014

Coverage Date: 1930-1999

Coverage Place: "Kilbrack," County Cork, Munster, Ireland

LCSH: Ireland--Rural conditions

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