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

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

Selectivity of information and consent

Intercultural friendship is multifaceted and can be investigated from various perspectives. Even when investigating from the perspective of value orientations, there are many different aspects. The chapters to follow will focus on the differences in value orientation, as they express themselves within the friendship. Since there are so many ways in which these variations appear, a selection needed to be made. Furthermore, minimal attention will be given to the many similarities between the aforementioned cultures and their influences on friendship. Each of the stories of friendship is dense with cultural themes. It is clear that it would have been possible to analyze these stories on cultural differences in a more thorough way, but this seemed unnecessary for the purpose of this study. The dominant Western culture (Caucasian, male and middle class) is much better known to the Western academic reader than Palestinian Bedouin culture. Throughout this study, I therefore will relate to Western cultures in less detail than to Palestinian Bedouin culture.

Ethics committees have at times imposed rigid procedures that do not fit well with friendship research. Friendship research requires particular sensitivity to relational concerns, and among these are the ethical aspects of disclosing information (Ellis, 2007; Tillmann-Healy, 2003). Blake, (2007), in his review on ethics and participatory action research, refers to the idea of “negotiated consent”, implying the discussion with the subject(s) under investigation about the info to be or not be disclosed. That is what was achieved in our case; there was extensive discussion between Bashar and myself about what to include or not to include in my writings. Sharing my observations with Bashar was at times a delicate matter. I will get back to this point in more detail in the last part of this study.

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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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