Love and Marriage Through the Lens of Sociological Theories

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Abstract

This paper seeks to apply sociological theories to the concepts of love and marriage in
order to better understand their construction and how they function in modern Western society.
Illustrated by examples from my own life, the paper attempts to examine love using sociological
micro-theories such as phenomenology, symbolic interaction, rational choice theory and the dramaturgical
perspective. Macro-theories such as conflict theory, functionalism, and post modernism
are used in order to analyze love as it relates to marriage and the ways in which the
meanings of these concepts and their positions in society have changed.

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  • Ana Carolina Fowler

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