Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Lara Deeb

Reader 2

Gabriela Morales


Ethnography has long generated questions of power, authority, and representation. In this thesis, I explore how an emerging type of ethnography–autoethnography–disrupts conventional methods and ways of thinking about ethnography in the field of anthropology. I connect these disruptions to 20th century discussions about the colonial, Eurocentric roots of the discipline and also experimental, reflexive ethnographic writing. My investigation reveals how autoethnography can extend and facilitate writers’ self-reflection and creative self-expression in the context of the cultures they are studying, disrupting conventional realist ethnography and further revealing the overlap between literature and ethnography.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.