POLITICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

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

Session 8: October 26, 2016

The State: Regimes of Domination

Lecture points:

  • Weber, Gramsci, Althusser: What is the state, and where is it?
  • Weber: Bureaucratization
  • Gramsci: Policing and Consent
  • Althusser: The Reproduction of Submission

Lecture Presentation

Reading Questions

Required Reading:

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.