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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 64-71

The challenges of academic and community partnership under military occupation and the complexity of power relations

1 conducts research at the Institute of Community and Public Health of Birzeit University, occupied Palestinian territory and is a PhD candidate at the Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2 expert in community based psychosocial work and worked at the Institute of Community and Public Health, occupied Palestinian territory, in the period 2004–2008. Since then, she has worked with Iraqi refugees in Jordan and has just completed a consultancy with a health project with expolitical prisoners in East Timor

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In this paper, the reader is taken on a field trip to a village in the north of the West Bank. Events described in the report are used to explore some of the methodological dimensions of a psychosocial programme designed and implemented in joint partnership between a local Palestinian academic institution, the Institute of Community and Public Health of Birzeit University, and a Palestinian nongovernmental organisation the Community Based Rehabilitation programme. In the discussion, attention is drawn to the challenges involved in conducting field research under military occupation, and the power relations entailed in collaboration between an academic institution and a partner organisation in the field, as well as with the local community.

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