Critical Perspectives on the State|
Fall 2014 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
This course builds on Marxist, poststrucuturalist, feminist, anarchist, and cultural analyses to take a critical approach to the state--what it is and what it does. We will examine how the state is imagined by those who write about it and struggle against it. Where does the state begin? How do states act, and what are the consequences of these acts? How is rule consolidated and how are individuals and communities annexed to the project of rule? How do people engage with state acts and ideologies? We will read texts drawn from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, feminist theory, political theory, philosophy, sociology, and geography, that examine the nature, everyday workings, and effects of state power. Drawing upon ethnographic examples from around the world, we will analyze how states are cultural artifacts that produce and regulate people's identities and bodies, reproduce social inequalities, and engender resistances of all sorts. Some of the topics we will discuss include citizenship, democracy, bureaucracy, governmentality, law and justice, anti-state movements, militarism, the "man" in the state, welfare, and neoliberal good governance.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(CSCT)(FGSS)(SISP-Anth Conc)
Marx, Antonio Gramsci, Corrigan and Sayer, Joseph and Nugent, Catharine MacKinnon, Wendy Brown, Linda Gordon, Kathy Ferguson, Ritu Menon, Urvashi Butalia, Jacqui Alexander, Akhil Gupta, Tim Mitchell, Jim Ferguson, Ashis Nandy, Fernando Coronil, Jim Scott, Mitchell Dean and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Several short papers.
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