Communication and Culture | Power and Violence: Political Systems in Ethnographic Perspective
C417 | 27838 | Goodman, J.

TuTh, 1:00 PM-2:15 PM, BH 344
Fulfills College S&H Requirement

Instructor: Jane Goodman
Office: C2 227
Phone: 855-3232

Different political systems are founded and maintained by varying
combinations of overt violence and more subtle workings of ideas and
ideologies.  Through cross-cultural case studies, the course will
examine how coercion, persuasion, consensus, and dissent operate in
and through the politics and performances of everyday life.  We will
ask: How does domination become internalized, such that people
willingly submit to it and actively reproduce it?  What are some of
the ways that opposition and dissent operate in the everyday lives
of ordinary people?  What constitutes resistance, and in what ways
is it connected to power?  In what ways is power bound up with forms
of knowledge? During the first half of the course, we engage
approaches to these questions by social theorists including Marx,
Engels, Bourdieu, and Foucault. In the second half of the course, we
turn our attention to how forms of knowledge and representation have
been intertwined with strategies of power.

Political formations we will explore include: kinship-based
organizations; nation-states and the construction of national
subjects; colonialisms in various forms; postcolonialism;
neoliberalism; and ethnic struggle and collective violence in a
globalizing world.

The course format features structured discussions, minilectures,
small group work, and video and audio presentations.