Between Silence and Speech: Autoethnography as an Otherness-Resisting Practice

Calanit Tsalach

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In this article I wish to trace three everyday moments in which my Mizrahi Ethnic Identity intersects with the academic one, and then extract experiences of ethnic otherness that are built within those moments. Exploring these moments while considering Mizrahi identity construction, practices of otherness, and terms of silences enables a more nuanced understanding of the ways in which hegemonic practices work and oppress Mizrahi subjects, and how these subjects work against them.Throughout these described moments, Mizrahi ethnicity is marked as troublesome, inferior, or as an Other that is forced to struggle to find its place. It is constructed as opposed to, or as a threat to the academic. Throughout these described moments I remain silent. My voice is given back to me through this autoethnographic text. In this way, autoethnography is also a way to oppose otherness due to its power to see these moments of ethnic otherness and resist them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-80
Number of pages10
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2013


  • Mizrahi ethnic identity
  • academic identity
  • autoethnography
  • otherness
  • silence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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