Fall 2020

Anthropology and Life Stories

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-116


Vanessa L. Fong (Section 01)


How can anthropology help us understand life stories? How can life stories illustrate, challenge, or extend theoretical claims? How can the life stories of anthropologists help us understand their perspectives and research methods? This course will teach students how to answer such questions. We will look at how and why anthropologists have chosen to write about particular experiences, life histories, and narratives of their research participants; how and why they wrote about their own life histories and experiences; and how such choices affected their research methods, approaches, and findings.

Limited to 19 students. Admission with consent of the instructor. Fall semester. Professor Fong.

ANTH 116 - L/D

Section 01
M 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM ONLI ONLI
W 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM ONLI ONLI

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World Random House Publishing Kidder, Tracy Amherst Books TBD
Braided Worlds University of Chicago Press Gottlieb, Alma/Graham, Philip Amherst Books TBD
Exit Zero: Family and Class in Postindustrial Chicago University of Chicago Press Walley, Christine Amherst Books TBD
Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in Between Journeys Duke University Press Behar, Ruth Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020