Analysis Of The Article ' When Brothers Share A Wife Among Tibetans '

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In the article When Brothers Share a Wife Among Tibetans, the good life relegates many women to spinsterhood by Melvyn Goldstein states that many Tibetans follow their culture about brothers sharing the same wife. Two or more brothers sharing the same wife and have the same equal access to the wife is referred as fraternal polyandry (Goldstein 1). This type of marriage is basically arranged by parents with children. However, the Westerns do not see this as the right thing to do and they believe that this is structural violence because it harms them from preventing them from meeting their basic needs and therefore they also believe in structural relativism because they are judging them by their own personal perspective. Agency plays a part of this problem as well, because as soon as the oldest brother finds a wife the younger brothers have no say in the marriage and they too have to marry the wife. The age of the brothers marrying a wife has to do a lot with the practice of fraternal polyandry. Even though “fraternal polyandry is one of the world’s rarest forms of marriage but it is not uncommon in Tibetan society” this type marriage has been practiced for a very long time (Goldstein 1). However, that is not the only form of marriage within the Tibetans there are many others that are allowed for example monogamy (practice of only being married one person at a time), fraternal polyandry (two or more brothers sharing the same wife), and polygyny (man having multiple wives),…

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