Share via Email More than 20 million people in the UK - a third of the population - are now directly affected by divorce and separation, either through their own relationships or that of their parents, according to a survey published yesterday. The poll, conducted by the Centre for Separated Families, a group aiming to support all parts of a family after separation, also found that only a third of those affected by separation had received professional advice, usually from solicitors.
The majority of notes have been made based on experience I have had in Qatar over a long period of time, and also from research made later. But I am less at ease with some of the aspects I have written about here as I can see there are a number of areas that need expanding for better understanding, others requiring introduction, and some of which I am a little unsure of but have left in as I wish to clarify them.
There has been change in the region which has affected some issues, and I suspect there will be disagreement with some of the points I have made. The notes are placed here so that I will be encouraged to continue working on them and not let them sit in my papers unable to see the light of day.
I should also add that there are likely to be notes on other pages of this site that duplicate the notes here. At some time I will attempt to re-structure them. Much of what has been written on Qatari society in these notes relates to where and how they live and lived, while only a little has been written on the way the expatriate population lives.
But more has to be understood when looking at the ways in which the lives of the total population are related to urban development.
Generally these notes will avoid specialist comment on the manner in which a settled, national population relates to a volatile, expatriate population as I have not been able to find much on the subject. As a consequence any comments are likely to be anecdotal and based on observation and discussion.
Present Qatari society is based upon the traditional systems that have been described elsewhere. Essentially, the society represents an evolved tribal form that owes much to structures that have been imposed upon it through a number of influences relating mostly to Britain and its administration of the foreign territories under its control or persuasion.
This can be seen particularly in its developed administrative and institutional frameworks, either directly or indirectly. The traditional society referred to dates back to pre-Islamic times and applies not just to the Qatar peninsula but to the whole of the Arabian peninsula.
Many of the families in Qatar are related to families in other parts of the area and the families, or tribes, are the largest social institution remaining in the area. The importance of this is that many of the traditional rights and customs still obtain in Qatar and, or course, elsewhere in the region.
Societies develop their initial institutions as a result of internal and external pressures developing within or placed upon them.
However, there are a number of difficulties in examining the various elements of the developed society as the extent to which each element develops does not necessarily reflect the factors which affect it in degree or type.
For instance, Westerners can see in Qatar what appear to be the relatively normal administrative systems they might recognise at home. These are obviously imported, yet experience with the systems demonstrates that they do not necessarily operate in the manner that Westerners fully comprehend.
For this reason I have elected to look here at characteristic elements of the society taking benefit from socio-cultural studies made some time ago together with my experiences in Qatar.
One of the great difficulties relating to reviewing societies other than our own is that of cultural appropriation. This affects not only the way we perceive other cultures, but also how we identify issues and define actions to pursue which we consider might benefit them.
Much has been written about this issue, and it is not my intention to make recommendations here, but to try to identify some of the characteristics that might interest or benefit a Eurocentric reader. Qatari society is under pressure from many influences, and it is to their credit that changes have not been more dramatic.
It seems to me that the greatest pressure has been exerted on the cohesion of the family as the institutions that are now established, particularly government, administration and the environmental setting of society are replicas in many respects of systems that exist in the West, none of which replicate any of the institutions established under or before Islam.
Qatari society has had to develop a series of responses to deal with the day-by-day changes imposed upon it by the adoption of foreign socio-economic and socio-cultural systems and their concomitant influences and effects.
These are not always successful. Society is in a perpetual state of developmental flux with a complex set of problems to be faced on a daily basis affecting and moderating behaviour.
In particular it appears that Qataris, having begun an exciting period of exposure to wealth in the seventies, are now realising that despite this wealth they are not in complete command of their own fortunes.
A daily reminder of this is the large and visible percentage of expatriates upon whom the State is dependent. Not only this, but Qataris are also extremely aware of the influence they are now wielding internationally.
Ironically, exposure to the influences and the concomitant benefits and disbenefits of the West contributes to reinforcing Eurocentric concepts such as democracy within Qatari society, but has also served to strengthen the practice and controls of Islam.
Ramifications of this view are likely to be seen in a variety of issues, perhaps most visible the role of women and freedoms generally, not just in Turkey but also within other parts of the Arab world including, of course, the Gulf. It is also worth noting that the Arab Spring of has had little or no overt reflection in Qatar, though nearby Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have both felt the pressures of changes in the region.
Related to this, a few more notes have been made relating to emancipation, voting changes and other issues on the page dealing with pressures on the society. It is the language of the Arabian peninsula and the north areas of the Gulf, though the form of Arabic used in Qatar is often referred to as Gulf Arabic.
However, it is not generally appreciated by visitors that there are considerable linguistic variations of Arabic spoken by Qataris, bearing in mind the relatively small size of its land mass and native population.
To a large extent this is due to centuries of movement around the Arabian peninsula that have brought together people with different ethnic roots.Michele Weiner-Davis, MSW, is an internationally renowned relationship expert and author of several books including The Divorce Remedy, the bestselling Divorce Busting, A Woman's Guide to Changing Her Man, Change Your Life and Everyone in It, and In Search of kaja-net.com has appeared as a regular guest on Oprah, 48 Hours, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, and taped a seminar on PBS .
My attorney talked as if he had gotten all his information about me from my spouse and her attorney. He had no way of knowing those things without getting them from someone who had .
Oglethorpe Journal of Undergraduate Research Volume 4 Issue 1Oxford University Tutorial Papers by Oglethorpe Univeristy Students Article 1 July Threatening the Fabric of Our Society: Divorce in. Divorce and separation affect one in three about in terms of teenage mothers and absent fathers but is actually a fact of life in the UK across the whole of society.
I’ve always been curious about the history of marriage and divorce in the United States. We often hear about how divorce rates are in flux, or how marriage rates are declining, but we’re rarely given a real sense of the long-term trends in marriage and kaja-net.com I couldn’t find a chart showing the long-term marriage and divorce trends in the U.S.
SOCIETY: Assessing the destructive impact of divorce. THE PRICE OF FREEDOM: Strategy for a cultural counter-revolution. Assessing the destructive impact of divorce by Augusto Zimmermann News Weekly, August 3, The facts about divorce in our societies speak for themselves, and are not very encouraging.
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