Gendered Spaces in Single-Family Kuwaiti Homes

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Material Information

Title:
Gendered Spaces in Single-Family Kuwaiti Homes A Comparison between Past and Present
Physical Description:
1 online resource (334 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Alenazy, Turkiyah H
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ph.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Design, Construction, and Planning, Design, Construction and Planning
Committee Chair:
PORTILLO,MARGARET B
Committee Co-Chair:
SILVER,CHRISTOPHER
Committee Members:
TORRES,MARUJA
TRAVIS,PATRICIA A

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
gender-segregation -- gendered-spaces -- interior-design -- kuwait -- kuwaiti-contemporary-homes -- kuwaiti-homes -- kuwaiti-women -- reception-spaces
Design, Construction and Planning -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Design, Construction, and Planning thesis, Ph.D.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
In the mid-20th century in Kuwait, expansions in oil revenues stimulated transformations in the status of Kuwaiti women, and in the exterior form of single-family Kuwaiti houses. Before this time, Kuwaitis lived in attached courtyard houses. The design of female and male reception areas in these houses implied an inequitable allocation of space between women and men and inadequate levels of privacy provided for female household members. Prior to the oil boom, Kuwaiti women were denied access to education and paid labor. Following the mid-20th century, a shift occurred in public participation of Kuwaiti women and in the form of their houses. The courtyard houses were replaced by detached houses where the interior spaces centered on the middle of a yard. The relationship between the social changes of the time period and the interior design of reception areas in contemporary houses was unknown. This research addresses the questions of 1) whether there have been any significant transformations across time in the spatial design of female and male reception areas in contemporary Kuwaiti homes; 2) if these physical transformations might reflect changes in the status of Kuwaiti women; and 3) whether there have been any changes in the spatial preferences and needs of Kuwaiti women and their involvement in the design process of their houses. This investigation was conducted in Kuwait through the period 1970 to 2010. The data were collected in three phases. In Phase One, the census data for the demographics of Kuwaiti women from 1970 to 2010 were obtained from the public Kuwaiti archives. Phase Two examined the evolution in the design of reception areas in a sample of 80 single-family houses. The period 1970 through 2010 was divided into eight five-year intervals from which ten houses in each period were selected for analysis. A content analysis was used to convert the qualitative data (floor plans) into quantitative data. In Phase Three, an interview schedule was developed to interview a convenience sample of 30 Kuwaiti women: 15 participants residing in houses built between 1970 and 1990, while another 15 lived in houses built from 1991 to 2010.
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In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
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Statement of Responsibility:
by Turkiyah H Alenazy.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2014.
Local:
Adviser: PORTILLO,MARGARET B.
Local:
Co-adviser: SILVER,CHRISTOPHER.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2016-05-31

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Source Institution:
UFRGP
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2014
System ID:
UFE0046273:00001