Communication and Culture | Power and Violence: Political Systems in Ethnographic Perspective
C417 | 3009 | Dr. Jane Goodman

MW 2:30P-3:45P, Teter F256

(Fulfills COAS S&H Distribution Requirements)

(A portion of this course is reserved for majors)

Professor:  Dr. Jane Goodman 			
Office: Mottier 205
Office Hours: Th 11:00A-1:00P and by appointment
Phone: 5-3232

Course Description:

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?  What is violence, and how can we explain
the extreme forms that violence often assumes?  How can we
understand agency in relation to the wider forces that structure
peoplesí lives?

Cases we will explore include: kinship-based organizations in
Pakistan and Malaysia; the construction of national subjects; 19th-
and 20th-century colonial empires; the emergence of modern forms of
discipline; multinational factories; and collective violence
(genocide) in a globalizing world.

During the course of the semester, students will design and carry
out an ethnographic project in the Bloomington area in which they
link course concepts to local issues. The course project includes
both individual and group components.  Students will also write
several short essays (4-5 pages) based on the readings.

Course readings will include a number of articles available through
electronic reserves, as well as the following books:

Angrosino, Michael. 2002. Doing Cultural Anthropology: Projects for
Ethnographic Data Collection. Waveland.
Gourevitch, Philip.  1998.  We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We
Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda. Farrar
Strauss Giroux.
Lutz, Catherine and Jane Collins.  1993.  Reading National
Geographic.  Chicago.
Maggi, Wynne. 2001. Our Women Are Free! Gender and Ethnicity in the
Hindukush. Michigan.
Ong, Aihwa.  1987.  Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline:
Factory Women in Malaysia.  SUNY Press.