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Economy and Society: The Changes of Marriage Patterns Due to Economic Changes in Waphyutaung Village Tract, Yamethin Township, Mandalay Region
- This paper aims to point out the changes of marriage patterns due to economic changes in Waphyutaung village tract, Yamethin Township. Through these changes, people have adapted to the new environment. People are usually conscious of their adaptive strategies, but often do not discern the adaptive processes. The processes of culture change are mentioned as diffusion, acculturation, innovation, and invention by cultural anthropologists. This study mainly considered the process of acculturation. Data were collected by using qualitative research methods. This research was conducted from 2009 to 2016. It is four villages which are found different nationals. Therefore, they possess different cultural backgrounds. This study is a comparison between the circumstances of marriage patterns prior to gold mining (before 2002) and that following gold mining (after 2002). Before 2002, the local people’s main economy was based on agriculture. After 2002, migrants from other regions came into this region to take up gold mining, and then the local people gradually changed their profession from agriculture to gold-related economic activities. These changes led to the growth and improvement of the economy. Then the local people's social contacts with the migrants became broader and more frequent. As a result, there have been some changes in the marriage patterns of the village.
Win Win Soe
- Universities Research Journal