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

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

Even if this is an autobiographical study, it seems important to identify the kind of case to be investigated. We may distinguish between several kinds of cases. Extreme or deviant cases are good for getting a point across. Critical cases permit logical deductions more than other cases, since if things are true for this case, it may well be the same for all other cases. Paradigmatic cases are exemplary in highlighting general characteristics of a society. Some cases fall simultaneously in more than one category. Case selection is not an objective process, and assumptions about a certain case at the start of a research may turn out to be erroneous when in a more advanced stage (Flyvbjerg, 2004).

Let us look from the perspective of case selection at the characteristics of the two parts of this friendship, Bashar and myself. Bashar, who was born in the Judean desert, spent, spent his youth in the most primitive environment. He struggled to get higher up and now has the highest education in his tribe (apart from his brother). He worked for many years in Israel, traveled abroad and – in his environment – has had relatively much contact with the Western world. Only in his thirties, Bashar was elected by his extended family to become the first elected sheikh of the Jahalin Bedouins, a role of major honor, power and importance. His life story is extreme, and at the same time in many ways exemplary of Bedouin values and lifestyle. In addition, if things are true for him, they may be true as well for many other Bedouins with less contact with Israeli or Western cultures. Accordingly, from the point of view of case selection from within the Bedouin culture, Bashar could be seen simultaneously as an extreme, a critical and a paradigmatic case.


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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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