Culturally situated narratives
This chapter offers insight into the challenges of negotiating writing and meaning making in diverse cultural worlds. It serves as an example of a culturally situated narrative at work. The chapter aims to bring into relief the culturally situated voices at play in the research arena and to suggest that a culturally situated narrative approach may help to traverse this complex yet exciting terrain. It hinges on two central notions, culture and narrative research, brought together into a single conceptual space that is referred to as culturally situated narratives. It emerges from a broader study in which the author researched the phenomenon of Saudi women becoming academic researchers while living in a conservative religious culture. Every culture is shaped by the beliefs and practices of the people living within it. Saudi Arabia, is a country that is based on Shari'a (Islamic law), and the religious texts of the Quran guide the entire nation.