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Book
From Cotton and Smoke: Łódź – Industrial City and Discourses of Asynchronous Modernity 1897–1994

Zysiak A., Śmiechowski K., Każmierska K. et al.

Lodz University Press, Jagiellonian University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press, 2018.

Article
Courts and Court Hierarchy in Novgorod the Great in the Late 16–Early 17th Centuries

Selin A. A., Iablokova I. V.

Canadian-American Slavic Studies. 2020. Vol. 54. No. 4. P. 432-445.

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Climate Change from the Arctic People’s Point of View: Rhythms of Everyday Life, Infrastructures and Landscapes

Rakhmanova Lidia, Kolesnichenko L., Kirpotin S. et al.

In bk.: The Arctic: Current Issues and Challenges. Iss. Arctic region and antarctica issues and research. NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2020. Ch. 2. P. 15-55.

Working paper
THE ISSUES OF CULTURAL HIERARCHIES IN EARLY MODERN ETHNOGRAPHY BASED ON THE ACCOUNTS BY PETRUS PETREJUS, PAUL RYCAUT, FYNES MORYSON, AND JOHN DAVIES

Selin A. A., Байгушев С. В., Levin F. et al.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2020. No. 197.

Economical and Political Anthropology

2020/2021
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
5
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Type:
Minor
When:
1, 2 module

Instructors

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Power is one of most fundamental explanatory categories in social sciences. What is power in anthropological perspective? How is it related to wealth and prestige? How is “the economic” related to “the political”, and how universal and cross-cultural are these categories? How does the diversity and complexity of today’s world look from this point of view? The main goal of this course is the exploration of two closely related anthropological sub-disciplines: political and economic anthropology. The course draws on ethnographic examples from the world’s various regions and sociocultural contexts, such as the post-Soviet and post-colonial, Western and non-western, global north and south. In doing so, its lectures, seminars and student projects examine ethnographic and theoretical approaches in politics and economics as areas of anthropological inquiry. Student project work includes subjects such as the anthropology of the market, debt, gifts, migration, the state and everyday politics, governance, new forms of sovereignty and ownership. These and other topics are to be considered from the point of view of anthropology of economics and the state; conflicts and identity politics, including nationality/ethnicity and gender/sexuality.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The minor's second course introduces a series of lectures and seminars devoted to the discussion of key conceptual issues related to economic and political anthropology. The aim of this course is to learn core theories related to the topic and to provoke comprehensive discussion in relation to key readings.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Able to learn and demonstrate skills in the field, other than the major field
  • Work with information: find, define and use the information from different sources which required for solving of research and professional problems (including the system approach)
  • Able to efficiently communicate based on the goals and communication situations
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Political and economic rationalities.
  • Debt.
  • Class and hegemony.
  • Debt and precarity.
  • The field, the site and the scale.
  • Patronage and market.
  • Citizenship and migration.
  • Governmentality.
  • Faces of surveillance (anthropology of anthropology).
  • Sovereignty.
  • Plans and practices of rule.
  • Governance techniques.
  • Affect.
  • Introduction: the ‘economic man’.
  • Necropolitics.
  • Economy and politics.
  • Police and policing. Colloquium, course revision.
  • Anthropology and political theory.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Attendance
  • non-blocking Discussion
  • non-blocking Colloquium
  • non-blocking Research paper
  • non-blocking Essays
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.05 * Attendance + 0.2 * Colloquium + 0.05 * Discussion + 0.4 * Essays + 0.3 * Research paper
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Adkins, L. (2017). Speculative futures in the time of debt. Sociological Review, 65(3), 448–462. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-954X.12442
  • Agamben, G. (1998). Homo Sacer : Sovereign Power and Bare Life. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1519297
  • Alain Testart, & Amy Jacobs. (2002). The extent and significance of debt slavery. Revue Française de Sociologie, (1), 173. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsper&AN=edsper.rfsoc.0035.2969.2002.sup.43.1.5570
  • Althusser, L., & Brewster, B. (2001). Lenin and Philosophy and Other Essays. New York: Monthly Review Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1021735
  • Carsten, J. (1995). The politics of forgetting: Migration, kinship and memory on the periphery of the Southeast Asian.. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 1(2), 317. https://doi.org/10.2307/3034691
  • Cook, R. (2001). The mediated manufacture of an “avant-garde”: a Bourdieusian analysis of the field of contemporary art in London, 1997-9. Sociological Review, 49(1), 164–185. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2001.tb03540.x
  • Foucault, M., Burchell, G., Senellart, M., Ewald, F., & Fontana, A. (2009). Security, Territory, Population : Lectures at the College De France, 1977 - 78. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=379853
  • Francisco Ferrandiz, & Antonius C. G. M. Robben. (2015). Necropolitics : Mass Graves and Exhumations in the Age of Human Rights. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1648789
  • Graeber, D. (2013). The Democracy Project : A History, a Crisis, a Movement. New York: Spiegel & Grau. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=736794
  • HAN, C. (2011). SYMPTOMS OF ANOTHER LIFE: Time, Possibility, and Domestic Relations in Chile’s Credit Economy. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.103990A8
  • Hull, M. S. (2012). Government of Paper : The Materiality of Bureaucracy in Urban Pakistan. Berkeley: University of California Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=450754
  • Marcus, G. E. (1995). ETHNOGRAPHY IN/OF THE WORLD SYSTEM: The Emergence of Multi-Sited Ethnography. Annual Review of Anthropology, 24(1), 95–117. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.an.24.100195.000523
  • Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov. (2012). Bear Skins and Macaroni: On Social Life of Things in a Siberian State Collective, and On the Performativity of Gift and Commodity Distinctions. Journal of Economic Sociology, (2), 59. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.hig.ecosoc.v13y2012i2p59.81
  • Pedersen, M. A. (2017). Debt as an Urban Chronotope in Mongolia. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, 82(3), 475–491. https://doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2016.1192213
  • Peebles, G. (2012). Whitewashing and leg-bailing: on the spatiality of debt. Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, 20(4), 429–443. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8676.2012.00221.x
  • Polanyi, K. (2014). The Great Transformation : The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time (Vol. Unabridged). Boston, Mass: Beacon Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=715728
  • Sahlins, M. (2017). Stone Age Economics. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1511307
  • Shoshan, N. (2016). The Management of Hate : Nation, Affect, and the Governance of Right-Wing Extremism in Germany. [N.p.]: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1223466
  • Ssorin-Chaikov, N. (2015). Sociopolitics. Reviews in Anthropology, 44(1), 5–27. https://doi.org/10.1080/00938157.2015.1001645
  • Willis, P. E. (2016). Learning to Labour : How Working Class Kids Get Working Class Jobs. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1609596
  • Ximena Picallo Visconti, Akhil Gupta, & James Ferguson. (2000). Gupta, Akhil ; James Ferguson (eds.). Anthropological locations : boundaries and grounds of a field science. Berkeley ; Los Angeles ; Londres : University of California Press, 1997. Estudios de Asia y África, (3), 544. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdoj&AN=edsdoj.7f921f83511e41c19869104abbab1170
  • Ссорин-Чайков, Н. В. (2011). From the ‘invention of tradition’ to the ethnography of the state: the Podkamennaia Tunguska river, 1920s ; От изобретения традиции к этнографии государства: Подкаменная Тунгуска, 1920-е годы. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.C69B3758

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Agamben, G. (2005). State of Exception. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=324615
  • Lindquist, G. (2009). Conjuring Hope : Healing and Magic in Contemporary Russia. New York: Berghahn Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=761604
  • Malinowski, B. (2014). Argonauts of the Western Pacific. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=760780
  • Massumi, B. (2015). Politics of Affect. Cambridge: Polity. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1050347
  • Polanyi, K. (2010). Article - “Our Obsolete Market Mentality.” Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.DA7BA4CC
  • Schmitt, C. (2005). Political Theology : Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty (Vol. University of Chicago Press ed). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=335369
  • Stewart, K. (2008). Ordinary Affects. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=599104