My Friend is a Palestinian Bedouin: IV.Methodology of the Study

My Friend is a Palestinian Bedouin: IV.Methodology of the Study

Although autoethnographies are becoming more common, autoethnographic methodology continues to encounter criticism in parts of the academic world. Critics of autoethnography relate among others to the lack of objectivity of the researcher, the problem of a single source of data, and issues of verification (Brigg & Bleiker, 2010; Holt, 2008; Wall, 2008). An autobiography is like a self-portrait (Howarth, 1974). Writing autobiographically one can – consciously or unconsciously – emphasize a range of different elements, and distort the picture to some extent, making it less scientifically grounded. Furthermore, autobiographies have been criticized as being self-indulgent, though the critique of self-indulgence can be overcome (Mykhalovskiy, 1996).

In response to these critiques, guidelines for quality in autobiographical and narrative research have been provided. (Bullough & Pinnegar, 2001) focused among others on the idea that the study needs to ring true and enable connection, promote insight and interpretation, engage history forthrightly, and that the author must take an honest stance. (Josselson & Lieblich, 2003) , referring to narrative dissertations in particular, suggested that they need to include the following parts: “1. Background of the study; 2. Research question and its significance; 3. Plan of inquiry; 4. Approach of analysis; 5. Significance of the findings; 6. Reflexive statement about the position of the researcher in relation to the work” (p. 262).


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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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