Cultural Studies | Special Topics in Cultural Studies: Power, Subjectivity and the State
C701 | 29489 | 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?  How are states themselves produced through the
practices and interpretive acts of their citizens?  Developing
insights from Marx and Engels, Weber, Gramsci, Althusser, Bourdieu,
Butler, 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.