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Research methods

Since time immemorial it has been observed that the kinds of dressing that people of different parts of the world adorn in are determined by their traditions as well as religion or beliefs. In the Kuwaiti culture men and women have a particular kind of dressing as dictated by the Islamic religion and cultural beliefs that have gone down through generations. However, with time, western or hybrid kinds of dressing have become very popular and, due to fashion trends, is offering stiff competition to the more traditional dressing such as Hijab and Abaya. This research seeks to focus on the women and young ladies and how their form of dressing is used to prejudge and conclude on the nature of their characters in order to answer the question of how Kuwaiti women are being judged on the basis of clothing.

Despite the existence of freedom of choice as pertains to the dressing a woman or lady decides to put on in public, it has been known over time that eighty percent of the Kuwaiti society judges a lady through what she wears. Those who wear the contemporary kinds of fashionable clothing are regarded as not being self respecting while those who put on the Hijab and the Abaya are considered self respecting, dignified ladies who are worthy of becoming good wives. Thus, there is a disparity in terms respect and marriage opportunities. The best rationale therefore for undertaking the research is to study and observe the underlying factors into this to ascertain whether indeed the females of the country are judged of the basis of dressing.

Since this is an ethnographic issue under study, the approach should gear towards the qualitative methods of data collection in the design of observational research. As such, this will involve the observation, note taking and conduction of interviews on appropriate groups (Kothari, 23). The choice of the people to be observed and asked questions involves choosing the people who play a huge role in this process; the ladies (either married or unmarried), women (who have married or unmarried sons), married or unmarried men. The way to do the survey should be through face to face interaction in the interviewing process as this will allow for asking as many follow up questions as possible while also observing the attitude and gestures of the interviewee (Kothari, 39). Furthermore, since this should bring a picture of how the whole society views this topic, it should include adults of all ages.

To perform the study systematically, it is prudent that each of the sample population should be divided into subsets: married and unmarried ladies; women with married and unmarried sons; married and not yet married men. These subsets should be asked questions that gear towards the answering of the research question. For instance, the unmarried ladies in the urban centers can also be divided into those who put on Abaya and Hijab and those who do not. The ones who wear it can be asked the main reason they put them on; whether they like or enjoy being in them. On the other hand, the unmarried ladies should be asked why they do not wear them and whether this has contributed to their inability to be married. The men, both married and unmarried, can also be asked their opinion on women who put on Abaya and Hijab in comparison to the ones who don’t. Older women with unmarried sons should be able to provide information on the basis what kind of woman they would prefer for their sons while the ones with married sons can provide information on the criteria they used to choose wives for their sons on the basis of dressing.

An analysis of these and more data from the sample populations, the subsets and the specific subsets will be invaluable in the process of answering the research question as well as the establishment of the overall attitudes of the Kuwaiti society as pertains to judging the character of ladies and women based on their choice of dressing since the results will be based on qualitative data from observational research on an ethnographic study (Kothari, 98).

Works cited

Kothari, C R. Research Methodology: Methods & Techniques. New Delhi: New Age International (P) Ltd, 2005. Print.