Politics

For Cultural Anthropology 2018-2019 we read chapter 12, “Politics and Power” in the Guest textbook Essentials of Cultural Anthropology and Margaret Mead, “Warfare is Only an Invention” the Guest Reader for a Global Age. For a 2020 update, see:

For student comments in 2018-2019, I was interested in whether the material could be useful for interpreting recent US political elections. I thought, Bourdieu’s ideas of doxa and opinion could be helpful:
Doxa: Giving Meaning
Bourdieu could be compared with how Guest draws on Gramsci and Foucault: “Within the hegemony of ideas, some thoughts and actions actually become unthinkable and undoable. Others seem reasonable, necessary, desirable” (343-344).


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