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Title: Women and the built environment of Najd : case studies : Ar-Riyadh and Ushaigir
Author: Al-Hussayen, Abdullah S.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1997
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The main purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of the phenomenon of women's behaviour in the built environment of Najd. In other words, to discover the way that women interact with their built environment and the factors playing a role in this interaction. The crucial need for this study emerge from the fact that during the last few decades drastic changes have occurred in the built environment of Najd and have produced a sort of mismatch between social and psychological needs of people of Najd (women in particular) and their built environment. This mismatch is manifested in both physical and non-physical forms. The physical sign is represented in; blocked windows (completely or partially), high walls, unused balconies and so on. On the other hand, social consequence of physical inappropriateness is represented in lack of social contacts between neighbours and the limited involvement of women in the outdoor life. The absence of such studies that examine the phenomenon of Najdi women's environmental behaviour enforce the need and important of this research. This thesis explores Najdi women's behaviour to determine the factor playing role in their interaction with the built environment. The hypothesis is that there is a mismatch and the existing mismatch is not a temporary one that occurs in a transition period towards a fully modernised society. It argues that the mismatch is associated with factors that have a relative permanence. These factors are difficult if not impossible to overcome in many generations to come, because these factors are rooted deeply in the people of Najd. To tackle the problem involved in this research, a traditional and a contemporary context are examined through the application of two sets of techniques. The data collection concerning the traditional context is dependent upon a reconstruction of the women's way of life connected to the documented traditional built environment. On the other hand, the data concerning the contemporary physical environment is dependent upon its immediate observation. Generally speaking, both quantitative and qualitative methods are used as tools for the above data collection and analysis, after an adequate modification is made to serve the purpose of this study.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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