The Commodification of Marriage: “Mail-Order Brides” in the Electronic Age

Patriya Tansuhaj, Washington State University, USA
Kivilcim Dogerlioglu-Demir, Washington State University, USA
This paper explores one of the most controversial developments in today’s world: electronic marketing of “mail-order brides.” We seek to provide a systematic explanation of this global consumer behavior phenomenon by conducting a content analysis of currently active websites offering mail-order bride services. We also develop a model explaining the transaction process of finding foreign brides in light of the discussion in sociology and marketing literature on morality of market exchange. We propose a theoretical framework for explaining why individuals participate in this process of “commodification of marriage.”
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Patriya Tansuhaj and Kivilcim Dogerlioglu-Demir (2009) ,"The Commodification of Marriage: “Mail-Order Brides” in the Electronic Age", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 36, eds. Ann L. McGill and Sharon Shavitt, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 858-858.