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ANTH4101: Theorising the State in Everyday Life

The unit provides an advanced-level introduction to the classic and contemporary theoretical and ethnographic literature in political anthropology focusing on the study of power in research on nation-states. Some major themes explored include nationalism, racism, gender and sexuality, identity, work and exploitation, poverty and religion.

Code ANTH4101
Academic unit Anthropology
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand, assess, and compare different theoretical approaches to topics regarding states, and state power
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of the ways that anthropologists, political scientists, and political theorists have approached the questions of state power and nationalism
  • LO3. understand the concept of theory in the social sciences and explicitly connect theory and ethnographic writing
  • LO4. demonstrate an ability to link theoretical writings to honours thesis interests
  • LO5. demonstrate an exposure to some of the most influential writing in anthropology about nations and states
  • LO6. critically assess the study of state power and nationalism.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.