hypergamy


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hypergamy

(hī-pĕr′gă-mē) [″ + gamos, marriage]
The tendency of women to reproduce with men of equal or higher social standing.
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IN WOLFES LATEST NOVEL, BACK TO BLOOD (2012), Magdalena Otero--it's worth pausing to recognize that Wolfe is the most inventive namer of characters since Charles Dickens--is the clearest possible expression of hypergamy in action.
Finally, the match matrices reveal that the practice of hypergamy is more common than hypogamy, with the incidence being highest in immigrants from Mexico, followed by South America.
A hypergamy parameter Hyper is added to the equation expressing that--in the absence of homogamy--women tend to partner up with respect to education while men tend to partner with women who achieved lower levels of education than they did themselves.
One reason for this disappearing "marriage success gap" is that highly educated women no longer feel the need to marry men who are more successful than they are, a phenomenon known as hypergamy, or marrying up.
The process of consolidation was accompanied by harsher strictures on endogamy and, later, as social prestige within the community displaced concerns of group superiority, by the institutionalization of hypergamy.
Similarly, thar endogamy and exogamy and gotra exogamy are regular features of marriage, whereas jat hypergamy and hypogamy are not the regular features of marriage in any Hindu group, whether the group is an untouchable Hindu or the high caste.
The result was "dowry inflation, hypergamy, and the accumulation of unmarried women" (11) among patrician families unable to find a proper match for their daughters and determined to maintain political control.
Generally speaking, unemployed people will match with people with fewer desirable characterist ics on the marriage market relative to them: women will accept an unqualified worker and men will accept a woman with higher professional status, [4] and, as a result, hypergamy (a couple in which the woman's social status is higher) will be observed.
Should the two end up under a hupa (wedding canopy), this would, says Peres, all issues of love aside, be a case of hypergamy for the woman.
Hocart's modeling of caste relations on courtly ritual in Ceylon,(6) Quigley conjectures that South Asian practices of both hypergamy (by elites) and endogamy (by others) may have originated in the responses of intermarrying lineages to the miniature monarchies that once prevailed and contended for precedence throughout this disordered region.
Langland begins Nobody's Angels by noting the absence of Richardsonian hypergamy in Victorian novels and by considering why this paradigm -- immortalized in Richardson's Pamela -- lost the popularity it had enjoyed in the eighteenth century.