Fishbone Diagram: Cause and Effect in "What's Love Got To Do With It?"

In 2011 I had a stab at using the "Fishbone" or Ishikawa diagram to analyse Razdan's 2003 article, "What’s love got to do with it? Are arranged marriages healthier than romantic attraction". I had previously used the analysis diagram in Total Quality Management workshops when I worked in duty-free. It's a very useful way to graphically unpack potential causes for a problem encountered, and to establish effect relationships with those causes.

Try it for an essay sometime when your attempting a root cuase analysis~ Essay

The focus of Razdan’s article is to discuss the way in which socio-cultural backgrounds can affect how a person feels about love and marriage. Her purpose was to analyse whether arranged marriages are better than non-arranged marriages. The thesis for the article was: Love cannot be analysed. This paper will show support for her thesis, as it is stated here that love does exist and it is not meant to be analysed like a scientific experiment because it goes beyond human understanding or human explanation. Sometimes words are just not enough.

Razdan’s article brings up many issues that many of people may not consider usually: Is love real? Can people choose for themselves who to love? And can love be evaluated and measured the in a scientific way? Underlying the article is a focus on how socio-cultural backgrounds influence choices.

For example, her parents had an arranged marriage in India, but Razdan was born and raised in Illinois and does not want to have an arranged marriage for herself. Although her parents believe in arranged marriages, and wanted to do the same for her, Razdan was also living and going to school in a Western nation where arranged marriages are not the norm, where love and romance are encouraged.