Date of Award

Spring 5-20-2022

Author's School

College of Arts & Sciences

Author's Program


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science




Narratives are versions of reality that are often fragile and always contingent. As such, the potential for anthropological knowledge production hinges on the gaps in narrative that result from omissions, exclusions, and silences on the part of both researcher and research subject. In this thesis, I draw attention to the ways anthropological knowledge is narrative knowledge, and, as such, can be productively engaged with the tools of narrative study. I contend with the excesses and omissions that shape the production of ethnographic narratives, and offer correctives born of this work that might allow for the production of more salient and responsible anthropological knowledge.


Rebecca Lester

Additional Advisors

Talia Dan-Cohen, Anna Jacobsen