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

Session 12: November 23, 2016

Movements, Leaders, and Followers

Lecture points:

  • Exodus history: movement as revolution
  • Movement and revolution: arrival at a new (political) “place”
  • The concept of freedom: “consciously seeking freedom”
  • Ethnicity: instrumentality, primordiality, practice
  • Instrumentalism and the divide between leaders and followers
    • Abner Cohen: ethnicity as instrumentalist politics
    • The leaders of a “group”
  • The primordialist approach: affectivity
  • Practice Theory: instrumentality plus affectivity

Lecture Presentation

Reading Questions

Required Reading:

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.


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