Jad Brake

Research Key Words

Medical anthropology, mental health, disability, ethnography, qualitative research methods, social conflicts.

Research

My PhD study will focus on a community of autistic adults with communication skills and an ability for self-expression. In particular, I will study the ways in which this group defines its “self”, as individuals and as a community, as well as the ways in which its members perceive, understand and experience autism. My aim is to explore autistic adults’ subjective perceptions and experiences of autism, and try to contribute to understanding autism not as a purely mental disorder but as a human and social phenomenon.

MA – Social Anthropology, University of Haifa, 2011

Thesis: The construction of Suicide and its meaning in the Druze community in Israel: perceptions, reactions, ways of coping.

My Masters’ thesis dealt with the social aspects of suicide within the Druze community in Israel. The research examined the meaning of suicide in this community and sought to illuminate the processes that traditional society goes through, while simultaneously examining how said society tries to integrate into modern society while perpetuating and instilling tradition and maintaining uniqueness.

BA – Sociology Anthropology and Political Science, University of Haifa, 2007

UBC Supervisor: William McKellin

Conference Presentations

2012 – 40th Annual conference of the Israeli Anthropological Association.
Presented: “The construction of Suicide and its meaning in the Druze community in Israel: perceptions, reactions, ways of coping”.

2011 – University of Haifa, Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Young Researchers Conference. Presented: “Fate’s decree versus a violation of religious laws: The social meanings of suicide among the Druze community in Israel”.

First prize in The Israeli Anthropology Association’s annual theses competition of 2012 , 2012
PhD Graduate Student Initiative Fellowship