Bachelor of Arts
Epistemology, Narrative, Sacred
The purpose of this Anthropology Honors Thesis is to understand sacred construction through narrative epistemology. That is, with the help of an analytical model of framework, frame, and strip, I analyze narratives regarding incidents of disruption and incongruity within the sacred framework as a way of knowing the sacred as a social realm, constructed as dialectically different from the domain of "conventional" social cognition. Specifically, I will examine how the stories embody ideas about how the sacred framework constructs fragile interpretive frames susceptible to incidents which challenge its structural rigidity and inflexibility. These stories expose the constructedness of the sacred.
Aerie, Joshua M., "A Narrative Epistemology of Sacred Frame Constructedness and Deconstruction: Exploratory Analyses of Ways of Knowing Sacred Interpretation and Understanding Through Context, Symbol/Concept, and Role" (2000). Honors Papers. 508.