My Friend is a Palestinian Bedouin: V. Data Collection and Analysis

My Friend is a Palestinian Bedouin: V. Data Collection and Analysis

Last but not least, it needs to be clear that there are no objectively good or bad values or practices; so, the study of cultures emphasizes relative differences (Rogoff, 2003; Ward et al., 2001). These differences need to be seen in context. What may be unacceptable in one culture could be the norm in another. In this study a large number of situations will be described in which this is the case. Although I initially experienced as personally intolerable some of the cultural practices that I encountered, I tried to refrain from taking a judgmental stance, and hope I managed to do so.

Reliability, validity and the single-case design

One may question whether reliability is at all an issue in the present kind of research, since we relate here to my own subjective experience. Undoubtedly, a researcher is embedded in his own cultural context and worldview (Hofstede, 2001). Consequently, my worldview, shaped by the aforementioned environments, is expected to influence my perceptions and interpretations in this study. More than that, this study is based primarily on my own observations, both introspective and external, and I am likely to have blind spots. I will infrequently include historical observations that are recollected from memory and thus likely to be inexact. Having said that, we may consider that as an experienced clinical psychologist, I was highly trained in self-exploration and observation of others, and this – I hope – will enhance honest and accurate description. In those cases in which I will present facts, the accuracy of the observations will be checked with Bashar and/or others involved in order to maintain at least some level of reliability.

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Daniel Weishut

Daniel WeishutDaniel J.N. Weishut, born in the Netherlands but living in Jerusalem, is a professional with a diverse background. He holds an MA in Clinical Psychology and an MBA in Integrative Business Administration, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a PsyD in Clinical and Organizational Psychology from the Professional School of Psychology (Sacramento). He has about thirty years of experience in consultation and therapy with a wide variety of clients and issues, more than twenty years of practice in group facilitation, and over fifteen years of know-how in governance and management in various organizations. Daniel Weishut offers his services as a "Partner on the Way", while taking a world-view that people are diverse but equal. He works with a variety of clients, but his special interest is in work with those who have found themselves persecuted or otherwise in conflict with their social environment, because of their culture, identity or belief system. For example: migrants, expats, refugees, Holocaust survivors, soldiers, pacifists, and individuals from religious, cultural or sexual minorities. Daniel Weishut is a social activist and in this capacity he volunteers as Chairperson of the Israeli Association of Group Psychotherapy, as Member of the Membership Appeals Committee of Amnesty International and as forensic expert for the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel. He also is involved in raising awareness about the situation of Bedouins around Jerusalem; awareness which led among others to the writing of his dissertation "My friend is a Palestinian Bedouin: Challenges and opportunities in intercultural friendship".

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