Skip over navigation

Course Offerings

Course Evaluation Results

Course Details

Fall 2015-2016
* ANT 304 (SA)   na, npdf

Political Anthropology

Bridget M. Purcell

This course examines major themes in the subfield of political anthropology, including power, authority, and domination; statecraft and interventionism; everyday forms of resistance and collective action; and violence and disorder. We will learn to see the political in unexpected places, as we explore both formal institutions and the politics of everyday life. And, we will ask how anthropologists use knowledge generated in "the field" to unsettle taken-for-granted concepts and categories, including the state, governance, agency, and democracy.

Sample reading list:
Evans-Pritchard, E.E., The Nuer
Said, Edward, Orientalism
Navaro-Yashin, Yael, The Make-Believe Space
Wedeen, Lisa, Ambiguities of Domination
Hardt, Michael and Antonio Negri, Declaration
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
On average, 150 pages of reading per week. Two short papers (5-7 pages, 15% each); one final paper (10 pages); one in-class presentation.

Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
Attendance and active participation in class discussions expected.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23857 S01 07:30:00 pm - 10:20:00 pm W   Aaron Burr Hall   213   Enrolled:9 Limit:15