Collections > UNC Chapel Hill Undergraduate Honors Theses Collection > A Study of Morality Through Life Narrative Research: The Advantage of First Person Perspectives in Ethnography

Why is one rational person's "right" another's "wrong?" Narrative and anthropological studies have generally engaged ethics theory obliquely. This paper explores several anthropological conceptions of morality and advocates a focus on first person perspectives in the ethnographic study of morality. It contends that life narrative research is an apt methodology for exploring morality due to its focus on lived experiences. I intervene in the debate by exploring the various modes of being that an individual engages and how these amount to a moral being. I will show how a life story can effectively explore how people construct living and livable moral codes and offer a new concept, that of becoming moral.