Traversing boundaries: Understanding the experiences of ageing Saudis

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Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, 2017, 2017-May pp. 6386 - 6397
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© 2017 ACM. This is a methods paper that draws from our fieldwork experiences of conducting qualitative research in Saudi Arabia where we used interviews and probes to understand ageing people's experiences. The aim of this paper is to present insights gained about conducting qualitative research in Saudi. We present a range of the cultural considerations that shaped the design of the fieldwork and highlight opportunities, challenges, and issues that we faced when conducting interviews and deploying research probes. Influences of social-cultural practices and religion presented interesting challenges for recruitment, conducting cross-gender communications, and how participants reported their experiences. This paper offers methodological considerations that include the influences of local culture, gender, religion, etc. We also discuss how we shaped our fieldwork tools based upon considerations of local cultural and religious contexts. In particular, we highlight the usefulness of probes in traversing cultural boundaries when conducting fieldwork in Saudi Arabia.
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