Five case studies of Emirati working women in Dubai - their personal experiences and insights

Gallant, Monica (2006) Five case studies of Emirati working women in Dubai - their personal experiences and insights. [Thesis (PhD/Research)]

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This ethnographic case study explored the insights and experiences of a small selection of working graduates from Dubai Women's College. Based on a literature review and a preliminary study, the following themes were identified and employed as stimuli for discussion: the balance between work and family responsibilities, gender issues in the workplace, issues of power relationships for women, coping with restrictions in an Arabic Islamic environment, reasons for work, and sources of influence and satisfaction. The research utilized feminist post-structural theory to collect the data and then analyze and interpret the comments made by the women. Self-reflexivity and transparency of the positionality of the researcher were critical in this research that relied on an unstructured personal interview approach. The research resulted in a rich description of the thoughts and concerns of five diverse women. Through discourse analysis, the dominant socio-cultural discourses in the areas of gender, marriage, kinship, ethnicity, meritocracy, materialism and religion that women interact with in this cultural environment were identified. The extent to which the women take up, disrupt and challenge these discourses was also explored with a view to suggest ways to 'better' women's lives. Implications of this study include an agenda for increased emancipation of women by greater freedom of choice through self awareness and the development of potential strategies to support empowerment.

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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Doctor of Education (EdD) thesis. Transferred from ADT 24/11/2006.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Supervisors: Keddie, Amanda; Churchill, Rick
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:42
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2016 01:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: Emirati, Dubai, women, education, cultural environment, emancipation, poststructuralist theory, ethnographic approach
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education

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