Anthropology | Power, Subjectivity and the State
E648 | 28038 | Friedman


This seminar will explore the relationships among culture, power,
subjectivity, and state formation through close readings of
theoretical and ethnographic texts.  We will examine how distinct
theoretical approaches (Marxism, structuralism, post-structuralism,
and feminism) have defined and analyzed these  contested terms.
Instead of assuming that culture, power, the subject, and the state
are given concepts, we will study how their meanings have changed over
time.  How do cultural beliefs and outlooks organize the production,
distribution, and even definition of power?  How are power and
subjectivity mutually constitutive?  How do states structure power
relations, define subjectivity, or shape cultural attitudes and
expectations?  Developing insights from Marx and Engels, Weber,
Gramsci, Althusser, Bourdieu, and Foucault, we will compare
ethnographic works and their efforts to integrate various theoretical
approaches with anthropological data.  Students will be asked to
evaluate and use these theoretical frameworks in relation to their own
research.  This course is designed for graduate students and advanced
undergraduates.