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

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

This study is a study based on one case only. Research studies based on one single case run the risk of indeterminacy because of more than one possible explanation, and of incorrect inferences. Multiple observations may reduce this risk substantially (George & Bennett, 2005), but still it may be difficult to generalize from the findings. During the process of this study, I made an endless number of observations and could check their commonness. Even when in this study for a certain theme only one example is provided, it will be illustrative of many situations in which this same theme occurred. In some instances, I will add more, but less detailed, examples.

Language, communication and translation became methodological issues. As a means of validation, Bashar was asked to comment on the interpretation of my observations. Nonetheless, incorporating and integrating his voice in my writings was complicated, because we use language and communicate in different ways. To give an impression of his way of communication, I will present literally a couple of his responses to my ideas. Note that communication between Bashar and me is mostly in Hebrew, which for neither of us is a first language, and the presentation of this study is in English. Furthermore, difficulties in cultural translation (cf. Bhabha, 1994) within the friendship are likely to be existent too in the presentation of our friendship in this study.

As another measure of improving reliability and validity, draft versions of my texts, including the discussion of the observations, will be distributed to colleagues and others interested, and their comments will be integrated.


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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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