It's becoming a problem: a Saudi husband's thoughts on his wife covering herself in Australia

Midgley, Warren (2011) It's becoming a problem: a Saudi husband's thoughts on his wife covering herself in Australia. In: Language, culture and social connectedness. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, pp. 75-87. ISBN 978-1-4438-2992-2

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This chapter presents a theoretical framework for understanding cross-cultural conflicts, based on the theoretical concept of authoritative discourses (Bakhtin, 1981). Data for the chapter are extracted from a transcript of an interview with one Saudi man talking with the author about what he calls the ‘problem’ of his wife covering herself in Australia. The analysis of that data using the framework outlined in this chapter suggests that the ‘cover yourself’ authoritative discourse operating in Saudi Arabia operates in conjunction with a ‘don’t stare’ authoritative discourse. In Australia, the latter does not operate, thereby causing problems for this man and his wife. The chapter conclude by drawing out the possible implications of this phenomenon of conflicting authoritative discourses in seeking to understand cross-cultural experiences.

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Additional Information: Chapter 5. All rights for this book reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright owner.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2012 02:21
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2017 05:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: Saudi; international students; authoritative discourse; face veils
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified

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