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Spring 2016-2017
* ANT 304 (SA)   na, npdf

Political Anthropology

Bridget M. Purcell

This seminar explores major themes in the field of political anthropology, including power, authority, and domination; statecraft and governance; identity and resistance; neoliberalism and empire; social movements and collective action. We will learn to see the political in unexpected places, as we examine both formal institutions and the politics of the everyday. Throughout, we will consider how people-centered research can complicate and enrich our understanding of global processes and macro-level transformations.

Sample reading list:
James Scott, Seeing Like a State
Philippe Bourgois and Jeff Schoenberg, Righteous Dopefiend
Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Declaration
Audra Simpson, Mohawk Interruptus
Yarimar Bonilla, Non-Sovereign Futures
Elizabeth Povinelli, The Cunning of Recognition
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 (10-12 pages, 35%); and one in-class presentation (15%).

Requirements/Grading:
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
42143 S01 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm W   Aaron Burr Hall   216   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed