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Intimate relationships between people of different races, faiths, nationalities, or subcultures can all be considered intercultural in nature. Around the world, across countless types of cultural differences, unprecedented numbers of people are planning their futures, raising children, merging extended families, and living the rest of their lives with partners (married or not, gay or straight) who grew up in very different circumstances. In addition to the joys and opportunities open to them, intercultural couples face many practical, communication, emotional, family, and value-based challenges, starting from the moment they begin their relationship and extending throughout their lives.

Mate Selection

The process of finding and selecting a mate, or having one selected for you, differs widely across cultures. Even across industrialized nations, notions of what makes a “good” or ...

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