While cross-cultural relations were once assumed to be inherently problematic, in recent years these couples have increased in both numbers and social acceptance, and there is now a growing awareness of how little we really know about them. Addressing this gap in our knowledge, this book presents 12 chapters focusing on cross-cultural couple formations (i.e., a partner from the U.S. and another from abroad). Highlighting both the struggles and successes of couples, this book challenges the principle of homogamy, helping the reader gain a deeper understanding and respect for intercultural couples. The chapters tackle a broad range of topics and issues, including systemic considerations of the phenomenon of cross-cultural couples, bilingual couples, interfaith relationships, struggles in such couple formations, different methods of approaching solutions, and the use of the internet to meet partners from diverse backgrounds.
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Acknowledgments. Contributors. Killian, Introduction. Theoretical Frameworks for Understanding Intercultural Couples. Rosenblatt, A Systems Theory Analysis of Intercultural Couple Relationships. Leeds-Horwitz, Ambiguity as a Solution to the "Problem" of Intercultural Weddings. Ting-Toomey, A Mindful Approach to Managing Conflict in Intercultural Intimate Couples. Examining Prevalent Assumptions about Intercultural Relationships. Piller, "I Always Wanted to Marry a Cowboy": Bilingual Couples, Language, and Desire. Grearson, Smith, The Luckiest Girls in the World. Karis, "We're Just a Couple of People": An Exploration of Why Some Black-White Couples Reject the Terms Cross-Cultrual and Interracial. Agathangelou, Killian, Electronic Attachments: Desire, the Other, and the Internet Marital Trade in the 21st Century. Particular Cultural Combinations. Visson, Russian-American Marriages: Cultures and Conflicts. Llerena-Quinn, Bacigalupe, Constructions of Difference Among Latino/Latina Immigrant and Non-Hispanic White Couples. Rastogi, Asian Indians in Intercultural Marriages: Intersections of Acuclturation, Gender, and Exogamy. Daneshpour, Bridges Crossed, Paths Traveled: Muslim Intercultural Couples. Gaines, Ramkissoon, U.S./Carribean Couples: Perspectives from Caribbean Psychology and Mainstream Social Psychology.