Social work practice and female genital mutilation: The Bedouin-Arab case Academic Article uri icon


  • This exploratory case study of female genital mutilation among the Bedouin-Arab of the Negev is based on a semi-structured interview with 20 women who had undergone ritual mutilation. The authors discuss the psychological impacts and the social contexts in which it occurs, includinggender construction, family honor, and economic and familial/tribal factors. The article presents four intervention strategies for social work: appreciating its culturally specific contexts, creating opportunities for internally derived responses, allowing for collaborative efforts with multipleparties, and facilitating culturally specific ways of (re-) conceptualizing the practice. (Journal abstract.)

publication date

  • January 1, 1999