Relations between Mothers and Adolescent Daughters in the Israeli Bedouin Society Characterized by Education of Traditional Values

  •  Muhammad Suwaed    
  •  Faten Swaid    


In recent decades, the Bedouin population in Galilee, in Northern Israel, experienced significant multifaceted changes. Exposure to other cultures and other social components, with which this population had very limited interaction in the past, had affected its norms and behavior patterns and caused adaption of manners and values that had not been tolerated in the past. As school in Israel is compulsory and local high school served various segments of the society, all Arab minority children faced a different reality from the one their parents had to cope with. This fast-changing modern reality affected the adolescents and often led to tensions and difficulties between youngsters and parents in general, and daughters and mothers in particular. The following is a summary of a qualitative study conducted among selected number of working educated mothers in this particular sector. The research method was an open semi structured interviews and one on one conversations. All interactions with the researcher had been conducted in Arabic, recorded and translated into English.

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