(noun) The practice of marrying inside a specific group such as a clan or tribe as determined by choice, custom, or law and typically due to class, ethnicity, race, or religion.
Example: Nonacceptance of interracial marriage in some societies can be a formal norm and written into law but in others it is an informal norm.
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- Plural: endogamies
- Endogamy is marrying inside your social group and exogamy is marrying outside of your social group.
- Endogamic norms can be formal or informal.
- A type of homogamy.
- Also called:
- An (noun) endogamist (adverb) endogmatically marries inside their group to create an (adjective) endogamic (adjective) or endogamous relationship.
- Endogamy used in a sentence: Orthodox Jews typically practice endogamy.
- Coltrane, Scott. 2004. Families and Society: Classic and Contemporary rReadings. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.
- Leeuwen, Marco H. D. van, I. Maas, and Andrew Miles. 2005. Marriage Choices and Class boundaries: Social Endogamy in History. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.