In this paper the author presents the case of the exchange marriage system to delineate a model of methodological gravitism. Such a model is not a deviation from or alteration to the existing qualitative research approaches. I have adopted culturally specific methodology to investigate spouse selection in line with the Grounded Theory Method. This approach, indeed, suggests the unification of methodological individualism, collectivism, and the social positioning of the actor to study the complex and intricately intertwined networks of relatedness.


Methodological Grativism, Qualitative Research, Pakistan, Exchange Marriages


Thanks are due to Prof. Monika Wohlrab-Sahr for her continuous feedback and financial support to me. I am also thankful for the financial assistance I received from the Institut für Kulturwissenschaften and the Zentrum für Höhere Studien der Universität Leipzig in order to support my fieldwork in Pakistan

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