Culture, gender and the influence of social change among Emirati families in the United Arab Emirates

Authors: Ashencaen Crabtree, S.

Journal: Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Volume: 38

Pages: 575-587

ISSN: 0047-2328


This paper discusses findings from a small-scale qualitative pilot study exploring the family structure of Emirati families in the United Arab Emirates. Here four Emirati families participating in the study discuss the effects of rapid social change across the generations and the perceived influence of these upon the roles and responsibilities of men and women in contemporary society in relation to child-rearing practices. Parental expectations for adult children in relation to marriage and careers are explored, focusing finally on the attitudes and perceptions towards ageing. Topics were considered in relation to how cultural, religious and social precepts govern and shape gender norms.

Source: Manual

Preferred by: Sara Ashencaen Crabtree