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Symbolic Boundaries in My World

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Symbolic Boundaries in My World



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Symbolic boundaries intertwine in my world as an American woman married to a Muslim. Boundaries are often based on norms of cultural paractieses, the values within and the resposnbilities defined. Symbolic boundaries of the Muslim culture appear to be intolerant towards Christians. However, it is not only religion that makes Muslims different but also normative boundaries which include lifestyles, customs and traditions (Trivellato, Halevi & Antunes 2014). Muslims draw a sharp line between religious or traditional norms, rules and consider the former as a source identity and emancipation rather than of impression. However, they also intertwine in my world especially in the matters of dressing as defined for women in the Quran. The Quran calls upon Muslim women to use the Hijab as a symbolic boundary distinguishing them from other women.

According to Trivellato et al. (2014), the symbolic boundary of religion considers both Americans and African male or female. This may contain several suitable indicators from migrants’ gender rules, attitudes, and characters and for their religious affiliations and orientations (Trivellato et al., 2014). Hence, gender role attitudes that a female or a male shall adapt from other religions may be quite difficult. In addition, the behavioral level of gender quality is measured with the division of household tasks amid the partners. Gender division of labor is labeled traditional, if a female partner is responsible for typical women’s tasks, such as doing dishes and cooking.

The most significant factor of the symbolic boundary function is how broadly they are accepted as valid. Symbolic boundaries are a necessary. However, insufficient condition for socioeconomic change is only symbolic when boundaries are broadly drawn upon (Trivellato et al., 2014). They have a constraining behavior and therefore, become social boundaries. However, the rituals and traditions that define boundaries are influential in determining how they interact.


Trivellato, F., Halevi, L., & Antunes, C. (2014). Symbolic Boundaries Religion and Trade: Cross-Cultural Exchanges in World History: USA: Oxford University Press. Print



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