Sociology: Arranged Marriage Coursework

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Sociology: Arranged Marriage


For my sociology coursework project, I have decided to carry out an investigation on family. My research question is; "is marriage still important amongst the Asian community?” I think that what my project is based upon is interesting because I would be able to find out different views on arranged marriages. I would also find out if there’s a contrast between younger Asians and elder Asians on views on marriage.

My aims of this project are to find out:

  1. Opinions and attitudes of young Asians on arranged marriages.
  2. Opinions and attitudes of elder Asians on arranged marriages.
  3. Reasons why arranged marriages might be decreasing or increasing.


My hypothesis is that arranged marriages within the Asian community is considered not important or is declining. This issue is important to me because I belong to the Asian community and think that more people prefer to not get an arranged marriage. I think this because arranged marriage isn’t talked often. This issue is also important in Britain today because it could have an effect on the marriage rate.

To do this project, I am going to have to find secondary data of marriage in Britain and look through graphs whether the marriage rate is increasing or decreasing. I would hand out questionnaires to young Asians and elder Asians to find out their opinions and attitudes towards arranged marriage. I would then compare the results I receive to see if they vary.


For my project, the method I would be using to investigate my research question is questionnaires. The reason why I have chosen this method is because I could ask questions which could include both open and closed question. Therefore my research would have a varied amount of data where the results include both qualitative and quantitative data. Through qualitative data, I would be able to gain answers which would give me an in-depth understanding about people’s feelings towards arranged marriages. Through quantitative data, I would be able to put results in tables or graphs because there is likely to be similar choices of answers. Quantitative data would also help me compare all responses I get much easily than it would through qualitative data. The outcome of this method would be that I would be able to ask young and elder Asians questions about arranged marriages. Compared to other methods, I think this method is much quicker and easier to carry out.


I am aware of the disadvantages of using this method. Those who are filling out the questionnaire may not be honest about their answers, therefore their answers will lack validity. This may have been affected by the questions being too personal for them to answer, or that they aren’t too sure about ways of answering them. For example, since I am going to hand out questionnaires to young Asians, they may not know much about arranged marriages and how it’s dealt with in their community. Also, they probably have never thought of marriage because it is something that is not as important at their stage. However, I would ask questions which both younger and older Asians would feel comfortable to answer. Hence, I would with end up with more accurate results which would be reliable.

To help me with my sampling frame (a list of the people or items from which a statistical sample is taken) I would hand out questionnaires randomly to roughly eighteen Asian people. I am not sure of the population of the Asian community in Britain, therefore my sample size may not be representative (or in proportion with the population).

To work out the keywords and issues for my topic, I would use sociological textbooks. The internet is also a great source of secondary information and I will use it to find out the marriage rate in Britain to see if it is increasing or decreasing. This may help me understand the mixed result I may get depending on the different age groups.

I have taken into account ethical considerations. I feel that some possible ethical issues for my research are that my questions may not be clear or hard to understand. I am to overcome these by taking into account things such as gender and age and by asking the right questions. Also, some people may not want to answer certain questions because they find it too personal. Therefore, I will ensure them that every data would be kept anonymous.

The first mistake I came across after conducting my pilot study is that I was excluding everyone under the age of 15. Another mistake was that there were very few questions, which may have resulted with not enough answers to help back up my hypothesis.

(Pilot) Questionnaire

Dear Respondent

Please fill out this questionnaire

1.  AGE (Please Circle)

        15-18        18-21        21-25        25+        


Female         Male

3. ARE YOU (please tick):

Single?                Married?            Cohabitating?                

6. Do you think marriage is important?



Not Sure

7. What do you think about arranged marriages?

8.  Do you think arranged marriages were more common in the past?




Dear Respondent

Please fill out this questionnaire to help me with my sociology coursework project which is based on arranged marriages.

1.  AGE (please specify):


Female         Male




Other Asian


Other                        Please specify:


Join now!


Prefer not to say                

3. ARE YOU (please tick):

Single                 Married            Cohabitating                 Prefer not to say


Would you consider getting an arranged marriage one day? (Please tick):



Not sure

Depends        Please specify on what:


Was your marriage arranged?



Prefer not to say

6. Do you think marriage is important?



Not Sure

7. What do you think about arranged ...

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