Graduation Year

Spring 2013

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Middle East Studies

Second Department


Reader 1

Lara Deeb

Reader 2

Zayn Kassam

Reader 3

Pardis Mahdavi

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This thesis addresses the influences on family size for Palestinian refugees in Beirut. It is based on ethnographic research done in a camp in Beirut over a three month period in which 24 women were interviewed to discern why they choose to have the number of children that they do. This thesis argues that changing nationalist ideals, declining economic status, and evolving women’s roles in the family contributed to the average decrease in family size.

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