ANTH 423, Dr. Maximilian Forte, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, Concordia University

Required Texts

Please read the following carefully:

A variety of types of readings are used for this course, from journal articles and single chapters, to whole books. In the case of journal articles and single chapters, these are made available to you for free, online only—either via your Concordia library account, or from other sources. Items such as journal articles and single chapters are listed under specific dates in the schedule of sessions. What follows is the list of all required readings used in this course.

Assigned Books:

1. Macpherson, C.B. (1965). The Real World of Democracy. Toronto, ON: House of Anansi Press.

 Available in the Concordia Bookstore, and on Reserve in Webster Library
 Also available for free (as podcasts only)—listen online:


2. Macpherson, C.B. (1977). The Life and Times of Liberal Democracy. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

 Available in the Concordia Bookstore, and on Reserve in Webster Library
 Also available for free (as a PDF) at:


3. Gaddafi, Muammar. (1977). The Green Book.

 Available for free at:

4. August, Arnold. (2013). Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion. Blackpoint, NS: Fernwood Publishing.

 Available through the Concordia Bookstore, and on Reserve in Webster Library

All other course readings, as explained above, are available either through your Concordia Library account and/or from other sources online. In all cases these items are available as downloadable PDFs.

Assigned Articles:

Chapter 1: Locating the political: a political anthropology for today, pp. 1-21. In: Gledhill, John. (2000). Power and Its Disguises: Anthropological Perspectives on Politics. 2nd ed. London: Pluto Press.

Mills, C. Wright. (1958). “The Structure of Power in American Society.” The British Journal of Sociology, 9(1), 29-41.

Wolf Eric R. (1990). “Distinguished Lecture: Facing Power – Old Insights, New Questions.” American Anthropologist, 92(3), 586-596.

DeLuca, Tom. (1995). The Two Faces of Political Apathy. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press: chapters 9 & 10

Paley, Julia. (2002). “Toward an Anthropology of Democracy”. Annual Review of Anthropology, 31, 469-496.

Chapter 3: The Evolution of the State, pp. 43-63. In: Lewellen, Ted C. (2003). Political Anthropology: An Introduction, 3rd edition. London: Praeger.

Michel Foucault, Chapter 5: Governmentality, pp. 131-143, from: Sharma, Aradhana, and Gupta, Akhil (Eds.). The Anthropology of the State. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.

Chapter 6: Governmentality and Liberalism, pp. 82-96. In: Geoff Danaher, Tony Schirato and Jen Webb. (2000). Understanding Foucault. St. Leonard’s, NSW: Allen & Unwin.

The following chapters from: Scott, James C. (1998). Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Introduction, pp. 1-8.
Part 1. State Projects of Legibility and Simplification, pp. 9-10
Chapter 1: Nature and Space, pp. 11-52.
Chapter 10: Conclusion, pp. 342-358.

“Militarization,” by Catherine Lutz (Ch. 20 in the Companion to the Anthropology of Politics).

“War Making and State Making as Organized Crime,” by Charles Tilly

Gough, Kathleen. (1968). New Proposals for Anthropologists. Current Anthropology, 9(5), 403-435.

Nagengast, Carole. (1994). Violence, Terror, and the Crisis of the State. Annual Review of Anthropology, 23, 109-136.

Trouillot, Michel-Rolph. (2001). The Anthropology of the State in the Age of Globalization: Close Encounters of the Deceptive Kind. Current Anthropology, 4(1), 125-138.

Kapferer, Bruce. (2005). New formations of power, the oligarchic-corporate state, and anthropological ideological discourse. Anthropological Theory, 5(3), 285-299.

“Transnational Civil Society,” by June Nash (Ch. 27 in the Companion to the Anthropology of Politics)

“Power Topographies,” by James Ferguson (Ch. 24 in the Companion to the Anthropology of Politics)

Conclusion: Exodus Politics, pp. 133-149. In: Walzer, Michael. (1985). Exodus and Revolution. New York: Basic Books.

Vincent, Joan. (1978). Political Anthropology: Manipulative Strategies. Annual Review of Anthropology, 7, 175-194.

Bentley, G. Carter. (1987). Ethnicity and Practice. Comparative Studies in Society and History 29(1), 24-55.

Forte, Maximilian C. (2015). “On Secrecy, Power, and the Imperial State: Perspectives from WikiLeaks and Anthropology”. In M.C. Forte (Ed.), Force Multipliers: The Instrumentalities of Imperialism (pp. 187-221). Montreal: Alert Press.

Piot, Charles D. (1993). Secrecy, Ambiguity, and the Everyday in Kabre Culture. American Anthropologist, 95(2 ), 353-370.

Moynihan, Daniel Patrick. (1999). The Science of Secrecy. Delivered at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 29.