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Volume :46 Issue : 178 2020      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The (Kanadrah) in Kuwait between 1900- 2014.

Auther : Dr. Maryam M. Alkandari

The Study Goal : This research focuses on the integration of the "Kanadrah" into Kuwait's political system. This work pinpointed the main social, economic, and political factors that played an essential role in pushing/pulling this group from the East to the West Coast of the Gulf, in particular Kuwait. The study shows how the new developing Emarah attracted people from neighboring communities to evolve as a new nation-state.
Study Mythology: For the purpose of the research, it needed to combine different methods to collect data to provide a better understanding of reading the "Kanadrah" ethnic group. First, archives, books, maps, relevant articles, and studies were so vital to comprehend the historical aspect of this research. Second, conducting interviews with academics and experts on Kuwait's history and social development was essential to confirm and expand on the collected data. Third, interviews with elderly individuals from the Kanadarah clan (both females and males) were necessary for understanding their social dynamics with other groups from the Kuwaiti community.
Study Results: This research has highlighted the knowledge of those who are called "Kanadrah" in the Kuwaiti community. It clarifies how the "Kanadrah" group has benefited from Kuwait's public policies in the pre/post-oil era. This group has participated in Kuwait's socio-economic coexistence through carrying out many crafts, in particular water transportation and supply. It appears that in the old days' water transportation had crafted a surname and a title identified and associated with this group. Until recent times the identification exists, although the mean of transportation has disappeared. The impact of public welfare policies that took place during the oil-era such as free education, health care, job opportunities, government and private sector, and training programs has helped in supporting the processes of social mobility and integration into the system. Also, interacting and participating in civic organizations and political factions helped create new national identification among the offspring’s of early "Kanadrah" emigrants.
Recommendation of the Study: This research contributes to understanding the Gulf region and its communities. Hence, most of the studies have portrayed Gulf communities as oil oriented countries or highlighted the role of political and merchant elites without offering an in-depth analysis of the different components of the Kuwaiti society.

Keywords: Kuwait society, social integration, identification, nation-building, alKanadrah, Fares Dessert (Bar Faress), Ethnic group in Kuwait.

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