|M.Sc Student||Akerman Noga|
|Subject||The Child's Place In The Bedouin Home As A Reflection Of His|
Status In The Family
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisor||Ms. Rachel Sebba|
This research intends to define the connection between the child's status in his family and the type and quantity of the allocations (in substance, in space and in time) given to him in his family and his living quarters. It investigates as well the child’s norms of behavior in the domestic surroundings.
The principal thesis of this research is that the manner in which the family socializes its children is expressed through the way in which it organizes their environment for them and directs them to make use of it.
In order to validate the findings of the research it was examined in the light of two different criteria using two different methods studying different populations.
Firstly - through interviews and observations in the houses themselves. Secondly - through questionnaires distributed in the local school. At the first stage of the research the age of the parents was chosen as a criterion of their cultural orientation.
Participating observations took place in 21 houses, together with interviews with the majority of the members of the family. These produced findings which confirmed the principal suppositions of the research.
At the second stage, the number of children in the family was chosen as a criterion of the cultural orientation of their parents (a criterion not independent of the first one).
At this point questionnaires were distributed among the children between the ages of 10-13 they were asked to refer to the same subjects on whom the research concentrated at the first stage.
The finding at this point not only reinforced the findings of the first stage - but also made concrete their meaning in the eyes of the children.