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AN376 – Culture and Power: Political Anthropology

Political Anthropology looks at various societies in order to compare their formal and informal politics.


Professor Sarah Hautzinger email

Political Anthropology attempts to build a bridge between the established canon of the subdiscipline known as "political anthropology" and the contemporary preoccupation with power that permeates sociocultural anthropology. The course focuses on three major themes: diverse political systems with an emphasis on the emergence of the state, the relationship between power, ideology, and symbolic systems, and power and controlling processes, with special attention to dominance, hegemony and resistance.

Prerequisite: AN 102 or COI