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Title: Converging cultures : Scottish experiences of Pakistan
Author: Weston, J.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2003
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This thesis examines Scottish interaction with Pakistan, from the early nineteenth century onwards, as manifested in individual experiences. It has used ethnographic methods to gather data, with an emphasis on interviews with individuals, combined with an analysis of documentary sources. Experiences within missionary work, the services, civilian employment and travel are focused on to study the processes within cultural contract and their effects on outlooks and identities, with regard to both Scots and Pakistanis. This approach to the study of Scottish experiences in Pakistan, using these methods, is unique. The thesis illustrates, illuminates and emphasises the results of such interaction, at the time and beyond, whether reaffirming, reappraising or reshaping these outlooks and identities. A central premise of the thesis is that such results altered these individuals to a greater extent than a more rigid, binary representations of such a meeting of cultures allows. Complexities and contradictions are stated, and in elucidating them, the thesis proposes that in the Pakistani context, this cultural contact, during the colonial period and after, must be read in terms which do not distort, simplify or essentialise. By seeking to avoid this, the depth of influence that both Scottish and Pakistani culture had on the other, as manifested in these individuals’ experiences, is revealed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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