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Cornell University    
  Feb 25, 2018
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ANTHR 4453 - [Political Anthropology]

(GHB) (SBA-AS)      
Spring. Next offered 2018-2019. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Co-meets with ANTHR 7453 .

A. T. Smith.

This course is an exploration of major theoretical approaches to the study of political institutions, structures, and processes in different societies, with special reference to the nature of power, the role of symbolism and ideology in politics, the problem of sovereignty, and representations of the state. We will explore the constitution of political authority in reference to both ethnographic and archaeological investigations that will take us from the problems of early state origins to the transformations of the post-colonial. Throughout, our discussions will attempt to bring forward problems of structure and process, history and practice that animate anthropological approaches to political life.

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