Accepted Paper:

Socio-cultural security concerns and mate selection in an agrarian community  
Muhammad Zaman (Leipzig University)

Paper short abstract:

Family is the supreme institution for providing social security to individuals and enjoys authority over the individual's behaviour and directs one to accept the family 'will' for mate selection. Mate selection, due to power dependency, is not individual choice in agrarian communities.

Paper long abstract:

State and the family are core agencies to provide social security to the individuals. Hence, family has been a source to combat the security risk at micro level. The role of family networks as sources of security and mutual assistance has been significant in terms of social and financial provision along with the emotional therapy management. Thus, family has been a source of the minimization of security risks from the cultural context, while state tries to overcome the issue with boarder scope. However, family influences (keeps authority) over choices, for example in terms of career and marriage, in return. Present paper will address the behavior of the clan in terms of mate selection, where strong concerns of security have been observed in agrarian society, which may be sometimes contradictory to the state legislation. There are cultural centered approaches to address the issue in the clan, where people try to maximize the security in exchanging the mate relations. Current field work of a remote community in Pakistan indicates the feelings of insecurity among humans over the spouse selection. People prefer to marry their daughters/ sons on the basis of exchange of women or took money for the security concerns of the daughter/ sister and/ or vice versa. The findings indicate serious concerns of human security in their marital choices and alleged apprehensions.

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Responses to insecurity: securitisation and its discontents