Effects of Family and Social Group Reactions to Intermarriage Decisions in Turkey

Erarslan-Ingec Ö., Ozatesler-Ulkuecan G., TÜRNÜKLÜ A., Tulum-Akbulut S.

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY REVIEW, no.5, pp.351-377, 2023 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01494929.2022.2161032
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, ASSIA, IBZ Online, Periodicals Index Online, AgeLine, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), Gender Studies Database, Index Islamicus, Psycinfo, Public Affairs Index, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.351-377
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The present study aims to understand the phenomenon of intermarriage between Alevi and Sunni groups in Turkey through reactions of the family, relatives, and social environment toward such marriage decisions, along with the effects of these reactions on the marriage and the effects of intermarriage on spouses' relations with third parties. To this end, in-depth interviews conducted with 43 Alevi-Sunni intermarried spouses were subjected to content analysis. This analysis showed that the reactions of parents, relatives, and friends were generally positive, in line with previous research on intermarriages. Apart from focusing on the challenges faced by intermarried spouses, the study adopted a positive framework regarding intermarriage by considering the processes and coping strategies ensuring success in such relationships. Focusing on these relational processes is thought to encourage further studies on managing intercultural differences and similarities in intermarriage.