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Cornell University    
  Jan 18, 2018
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ANTHR 7462 - [Politics Beyond the State: Activism, Advocacy, and NGOs]

Spring. Next offered 2018-2019. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Co-meets with ANTHR 4462 .

S. Hodžić.

What is left of politics? The answer to this question takes somewhat hopeful contours, if we look at politics in spaces that are not fully captured by state institutions, the traditionally conceived public sphere, or “traditional” authorities. We will read ethnographies that reconceptualize both the political and the scales of situated analysis in a global world. These ethnographies explore movements that declare themselves political (social movements, anarchism, and some forms of feminist activism), examine the grey zones of human rights advocacy, humanitarianism, and biopolitics, point to transnational governmentality and transformations of sovereignty and citizenship in development and NGOs projects often theorized as anti-political, and reveal the configurations of street and subterranean politics, where the subaltern voices are rarely heard in their own right.

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