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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Dec 11, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ANTHR 3437 - Global Fantasies, Global Realities, Global Nightmares


(GHB) (SBA-AS)      
Fall. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Recommended prerequisite: some familiarity with issues and debates in anthropology and/or social sciences generally. Co-meets with ANTHR 6437 .

M. Fiskesjö, S. Sangren.

This course offers a synthetic perspective on a spectrum of currently troubling phenomena – the rise of authoritarian populism, growing inequality, racism, misogyny, nationalism, war. In particular, it links macro-scale and historical theories regarding global processes (e.g., “world systems,” “globalization”), on the one hand, and the more intimate correlates of these macro forces shaping individual experience, on the other.  Drawing from anthropology as well as from cognate disciplines (political economy, history, and psychology), the course surveys and assesses both case studies of phenomena such as the self-delusion of the oppressed, the narcissism of dictators, and how the making and remaking of social identities relate to world economic cycles.  Course readings highlight how fantasy, imagination, hope and fear figure crucially in people’s apprehensions of the contemporary world. 



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