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From the Editors: New Year, New Perspectives (2015)

Welcome to 2015 and to a new and improved Verstehen! After a hiatus, the Verstehen team will once again be delivering down-to-earth sociological and anthropological discussions of everyday experiences and current issues. Sociology and anthropology are disciplines that encourage an exploration of the taken-for granted reasons for why we are the way we are and why we think, feel, and act the way we do.

Filipino Weddings: Beyond Bride and Groom

The point is: weddings enable and constrain, and I feel most couples prefer a ceremony that’s more enabling than constraining. The choice of some couples to defray all wedding expenses (as was the case in the two weddings I attended) is a subtle attempt of bride and groom to lessen that constraint, wield a little power, and assert their independence. (Image from