21A.506 The Anthropology of Politics: Persuasion and Power


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Introduces the ethnographic study of politics, i.e., what anthropologists understand to be "political" in various social and economic systems, from small-scale societies to liberal democratic states. Examines politics across three contemporary contexts: electoral politics, public spheres, and bureaucracies and humanitarian governance. Students consider and analyze how questions of authority, coercion, and violence have been theorized to relate to the political, and how some aspects of social life are regimented in explicitly non-political ways.

This class has no prerequisites.

21A.506 will be offered this semester (Spring 2019).

Lecture occurs 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 66-160.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS S.

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