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Title: Understanding intercultural partnering practices in the United Kingdom : the case of Persian immigrants
Author: Amirmoayed, Ali
ISNI:       0000 0004 5915 4215
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2016
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Drawing on empirical data, this thesis investigates the interplay of cultural differences in the ways Persians practice, negotiate, and sustain their partnering relationships across cultural differences; reasons for and implications of failure; and the extents to which Persian intercultural partnering practices could be understood in relation to wider social processes. I grounded this analysis on the Pre-Partnering, Prevailing-Partnering, and Post-Partnering Practices, and argue that Persians in intercultural partnering relationships ‘do partnering’ in relation to Internal, External and Intergenerational social positionings. I suggest that participants’ in-between cultural identities help them to sustain their partnering relationships, with negotiations centring on the interplay of five cultural sources: gender, religiosity, relationality, life course, and language. Failure in partnering relationships are usually attributed to shifting positions on the continuum of cultural identities, due to participants seeking their best ‘me’, which is social, and is defined through personal relationships with wider social connections. Partnering practices in the particular context of this study may not align with the claims of detraditionalization theory. I argue that religion should be considered independent from other forms of traditions to understand the wider social processes relevant to construction of contemporary family lives.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HQ The family. Marriage. Woman ; HT Communities. Classes. Races ; JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration