Political Science | Comparative Politics
Y657 | 26122 | Bovingdon

Topic:  Social Theory for Central Eurasianists

This class meets with CEUS U520

This course offers an introduction to the enormous subject of social
theory, as developed in the disciplines of anthropology, geography,
history, political science, and sociology.  The aim is to acquaint
students with a range of analytical tools and critical perspectives
employed across disciplines and regions of the world.
We will begin by reading several works by the most influential
social theorist of the last two centuries, Karl Marx. We will go on
to read the work of theorists who challenged or elaborated his ideas
about class, ideology, and political resistance.  Following this we
will address the linguistic or reflexive turn in the social
sciences.   Topics will include critical historiography, the links
between colonialism and the production of knowledge, the power of
representation, and the challenge of explaining social continuity
and change.
Throughout the course we will consider how social theory has been
and can be used to illuminate the study of Central Eurasia.