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This article examines how second-generation Patel women and men navigate dating in the context of their bicultural identities as Indian-Americans, and the gender structures of the Patel community in Florida. It finds that second generation Patel women and men reject alike their parents' perception of dating as non-Indian behavior and the American perception of dating as healthy fun.
Rather, Patel women and men have reconceptualized dating in a manner that appeals to their identities as Indian-Americans. Accordingly, dating for them is not only a means of exploring their preferences in intimate partnering, but must necessarily have an end goal binding it — namely marriage. Gender structures within the Patel community create differential dating experiences for Patel women and men. In response, Patel women and men have devised strategies in their dating behaviors evinced in their partner selections, age at onset of dating, their employing of secrecy in dating, and utilizing particular semantics of dating.
Este articulo examina como la segunda-generacion de mujeres y hombres Patel enamoran en el contexto de su doble identidad cultural: Hindu-Americana y la estructura femenina y masculina de la segunda generacion de la comunidad Patel en Florida.
Entonces, los hombres y mujeres Patel han reconceptualizado la idea del enamoramiento de una manera que atrae a sus identidades Hindu-Americana. Por consiguiente, el enamorar para ellos no solo ifica el poder explorar sus diferencias intimas dentro de la relacion, pero al mismo tiempo tiene necesariamente el objetivo fundamental que es el matrimonio.
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