AP/ANTH 4610 3.00
THE ETHNOGRAPHY OF POLITICS: ANTHROPOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO POWER AND RESISTANCE
What is politics? What is cultural about politics and what is political about culture? How do anthropologists approach the study of politics? This course explores the conceptual and methodological tools anthropologists employ to study the ways social groups enact, resist, and transform social relations that involve production and distribution of power. Subjects explored in this class include anthropological analyses of political forms in small- and large-scale societies; anthropological studies of power and authority in the context of capitalism, colonialism, and globalization; and ethnographic case studies of the lived experience of political participation, inequality, violence, and resistance.