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

Session 1: September 7, 2016

Problems in Political Anthropology

Lecture points:

  • What is Political?
  • 1930s-1950s: British Colonial Anthropology and the Structural-Functionalist Approach to Politics
  • 1950s-1960s: British Anthropology in Africa and Processual Approaches
  • 1960s: British Anthropology in Africa and Conflict Studies, Dynamic Processes
  • 1970s/1980s—present: Marxism, Political-Economy, Liberalism
  • Is There a State?
  • The Weight of the Enlightenment

Lecture Presentation

Reading Questions

Required Reading:

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.

Handout: The Three Major Theoretical Perspectives in Political Anthropology