Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Laura Spielvogel
Dr. Sarah Hill
Dr. Kristina Wirtz
ethnographic fiction, children, nature, gender
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This thesis explores the experiences of counselors and campers at environmentally-themed summer camps through the medium of ethnographic fiction. Research was conducted by examining the experiences and influences of two separate summer camps, the Midwest Nature Center Camp and Midwest Zoo Camp. Drawing on traditional ethnographic research methods, I explore the environmental messages emphasized during camp, the myriad of relationships individuals have with nature, and the impact of gender on the summer camp experience. Yet, while this thesis is based on ethnographic research, an emphasis is placed on the presentation of the information. By examining the way anthropology has been traditionally written and examining new avenues of anthropological writing, I argue that there is a need for social sciences to embrace ethnographic fiction as a way to engage broader audiences and humanize the subjects of research.
Schofield, Courtney Morgan, "Closer to Nature: Exploring Environmental Summer Camp Experience Through Ethnographic Fiction" (2013). Masters Theses. 155.