Hypergamy

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Hypergamy (colloquially referred to as "marrying up", occasionally referred to as "higher-gamy" ) is a term used in social science for the act or practice of a person marrying a spouse of higher caste or social status than themselves.wikipedia
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Sexual selection in humans

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Evolutionary psychologists contend this is an inherent sex difference arising out of sexual selection, with men driven to seek women who will give birth to healthy babies and women driven to seek men who will be able to provide the necessary resources for the family's survival.

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Exogamy

Social science

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Hypergamy (colloquially referred to as "marrying up", occasionally referred to as "higher-gamy" ) is a term used in social science for the act or practice of a person marrying a spouse of higher caste or social status than themselves.

Caste

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Hypergamy (colloquially referred to as "marrying up", occasionally referred to as "higher-gamy" ) is a term used in social science for the act or practice of a person marrying a spouse of higher caste or social status than themselves.

Social status

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Hypergamy (colloquially referred to as "marrying up", occasionally referred to as "higher-gamy" ) is a term used in social science for the act or practice of a person marrying a spouse of higher caste or social status than themselves.

Indian subcontinent

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Both terms were coined in the Indian subcontinent in the 19th century while translating classical Hindu law books, which used the Sanskrit terms anuloma and pratiloma, respectively, for the two concepts. Forms of hypergamy have been practiced throughout history, including in the Indian subcontinent, imperial China, ancient Greece, the Ottoman Empire, and feudal Europe.

Hindu law

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Both terms were coined in the Indian subcontinent in the 19th century while translating classical Hindu law books, which used the Sanskrit terms anuloma and pratiloma, respectively, for the two concepts.

Sanskrit

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Both terms were coined in the Indian subcontinent in the 19th century while translating classical Hindu law books, which used the Sanskrit terms anuloma and pratiloma, respectively, for the two concepts.

Dowry

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Hypergamy comes with a cost though; the dowry, which often costs as much or more than an entire house.

Hindus

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This concept of women marrying up, cited in the Smritis as the Anuloma, was justified as the mechanism to keep the Hindu ideological equivalent of the gene pool from degrading.

Devayani

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However, the Mahabharata cites examples where exceptions were allowed, as for instance when Devayani, the daughter of Shukracharya, married the Kshatriya Yayati.

Shukra

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However, the Mahabharata cites examples where exceptions were allowed, as for instance when Devayani, the daughter of Shukracharya, married the Kshatriya Yayati.

Yayati

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However, the Mahabharata cites examples where exceptions were allowed, as for instance when Devayani, the daughter of Shukracharya, married the Kshatriya Yayati.

Mate choice

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Studies of mate selection in dozens of countries around the world have found men and women report prioritizing different traits when it comes to choosing a mate, with men tending to prefer women who are young and attractive and women tending to prefer men who are rich, well-educated, ambitious, and attractive.

Social learning theory

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Social learning theorists, however, say women value men with high earning capacity because women's own ability to earn is constrained by their disadvantaged status in a male-dominated society.

History of China

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Forms of hypergamy have been practiced throughout history, including in the Indian subcontinent, imperial China, ancient Greece, the Ottoman Empire, and feudal Europe.

Ancient Greece

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Forms of hypergamy have been practiced throughout history, including in the Indian subcontinent, imperial China, ancient Greece, the Ottoman Empire, and feudal Europe.

Ottoman Empire

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Forms of hypergamy have been practiced throughout history, including in the Indian subcontinent, imperial China, ancient Greece, the Ottoman Empire, and feudal Europe.

Feudalism

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Forms of hypergamy have been practiced throughout history, including in the Indian subcontinent, imperial China, ancient Greece, the Ottoman Empire, and feudal Europe.

Evolutionary psychology

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Evolutionary psychologists contend this is an inherent sex difference arising out of sexual selection, with men driven to seek women who will give birth to healthy babies and women driven to seek men who will be able to provide the necessary resources for the family's survival.