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

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Gallant, Monica. 2006. Five case studies of Emirati working women in Dubai - their personal experiences and insights. Doctorate other than PhD Doctor of Education. University of Southern Queensland.
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Five case studies of Emirati working women in Dubai - their personal experiences and insights

TypeDoctorate other than PhD
Authors
AuthorGallant, Monica
SupervisorKeddie, Amanda
Churchill, Rick
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Qualification NameDoctor of Education
Number of Pages198
Year2006
Abstract

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.

KeywordsEmirati, Dubai, women, education, cultural environment, emancipation, poststructuralist theory, ethnographic approach
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440599. Gender studies not elsewhere classified
390406. Gender, sexuality and education
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