Anthropologists Studying Politics

This was the comment page for two readings:

These readings continued part 3 of Introduction to Anthropology 2016. I revisited some of this material in 2021 as Politics and in a YouTube lecture discussed “why politics” using the 5th edition of Anthropology: What does it mean to be human?:

For more information on the De León chapter, see the excerpt in Cultural Anthropology 2019.

Domination & Hegemony

In this chapter, Lavenda and Schultz discuss the difference between what anthropologists, following Gramsci, term “domination” and “hegemony.” The best part of class was encapsulating this distinction in a Tweet shortly before the 2016 election:


Clinton’s campaign was a continuation of neoliberal hegemony. Trump wanted a return to ruthless domination. In 2021, the struggle between Democracy (hegemony) and those desiring authoritarian-autocratic rule continues.


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