Jad Brake

Research Key Words

Medical Anthropology, Disability, Social Network, Friendship, Autism.

Research

My PhD study will focus on a community of autistic adults with communication skills and an ability for self-expression. I will study the way people with autism in the Metro Vancouver Regional District (with focusing on Vancouver, Richmond, and Burnaby) experience autism. In particular, my research will focus on the way adults with autism in this area perceive, establish, and maintain friendships, as well as the ways in which they create and construct their social network.

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.

UBC Supervisor: William McKellin

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

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”.

Conference Posters

2017- UBC, Department of Anthropology. On the Horizon: New Developments in Anthropology. Presented: “Autism: Disorder to Be Cured or Neurodiversity to Be Respected? Voices of Adults Labeled as “High Functioning Autistics”.

First prize in The Israeli Anthropology Association’s annual theses competition of 2012 , 2011
PhD Graduate Student Initiative Fellowship , 2016