Political Authority and Mystification in Latin America and the Caribbean|
Fall 2009 not offered
Why and how is it that power not only intoxicates but also exalts? How does the adoration of political figures affect the political process and circulation of power between citizens and the state? Why do some people not only consent to dictators but even revere and dedicate cults to them, whereas others risk their lives in defiance? This seminar critically examines these questions and related themes such as political clientelism, cult of personality, mystification, and state fetishism in Latin American and the Caribbean utilizing anthropological and historical studies, experimental ethnographies, and literary novels.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(LAST)
Schmidt, Steffen, FRIENDS, FOLLOWERS, AND FACTIONS: A READER IN POLITICAL CLIENTELISM
Pitt-Rivers, Julian, THE PEOPLE OF THE SIERRA
Friedrich, Paul, THE PRINCES OF NARANJA
Vargas-Llosa, Mario, FEAST OF THE GOAT
Gupta, Akhil and Sharma, Aradhana, THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE STATE
Taussig, Michael, THE MAGIC OF THE STATE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Regular short papers; longer final project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Preference given to majors in LAST, AMST, ANTH. Email request for POI forms to the instructor: include major status and class year; list of relevant courses taken.
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