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Culture and Ethics Based Conflict - a Saudi Arabian Situation and Perspective

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The conflict between Saudi Kingdom and women rights activist groups occurs along the three dimensions of a conflict (perception, emotional, and behavioral) as outlined by Mayer (2000). Regarding perception, individuals believe or feel that their own needs, interests or wants to get along with those of other people. Saudi women have had a longstanding perception that the kingdom’ s religion and culture based rules that are enforced against them are not only a violation of their basic rights but are also unreasonable and completely arbitrary, in particular, the ban on female drivers.

On the other hand, the Islamic kingdom male-dominated society perceives women as subordinates who need a limitation to their entitlements lest they topple over men or else wipe out Islamic culture. These two different perceptions of the male and the female Saudi fraternities culminate to emotional reaction, the second cause of conflict. Emotions felt might be anger, bitterness, fear, hopelessness or a combination of all these. Saudi women represented by the activist groups experience these feelings in regard to the male-dominated kingdom, and they feel they are in conflict, and therefore they are.

The authorities also experience these feeling as they view pro-women rights activism as synonymous with a  violation of cultural and religious beliefs and a threat to the male fraternity. The perceptions and feelings or emotional reactions translate into action, the third causative dimension of conflict. The actions taken by the conflicting parties express their feelings, and articulates their perceptions and get their different needs met in ways that have potential interference with the other party's ability to get their needs met. The actions may involve a direct attempt to make something happen or fail to happen at the other party’ s expense.

It could be an exercise of power, violence or an act of destruction (Mayer, 2000). In regard to conflict occurring along actions, women have formed activist groups which have won backing from the international community and other international human rights groups such as Amnesty International. The activist groups have lobbied Saudi women to protest the female driving ban mainly through the social media.

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  • Pages: 9 (2250 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Psychology
  • Level: Masters
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