Intermarriages between western women and palestinian men: Multidirectional adaptation processes

Dorit Roer-Strier*, Dina Ben Ezra

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This article addresses cultural adaptation of Western-Palestinian intermarried couples. Using in-depth interviews, information was gathered from 16 participants, 7 Western women and 9 Palestinian men, living in Palestinian cities in the West Bank. Adaptation strategies are typified by the extent to which each spouse embraces the partner's culture. The data suggest that intermarriage engenders a multidirectional adaptation process. Patriarchy and East-West power relations affect mainly the women, having to face marginalization on the basis of their gender and their foreignness. The men undergo a double process of cultural adaptation: to the Western culture and to their native culture after their return. Both the husbands' extended family and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were found to affect both partners' adaptation.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)41-55
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2006


  • Cultural adaptation
  • Intermarriage
  • Political conflict


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