Power, Politics, Anthropology

Using the textbook Essentials of Cultural Anthropology, this was a class on “Politics and Power.” Or: What should anthropology say about politics?

This class came after reading about the roots of the Global Economy and Globalization. The next class was on Environment.

For Cultural Anthropology 2021 I am thinking of using the article “The State” Is a Story We Tell Ourselves. This article is a much-needed update on Peruvian politics, but it also takes us back to some older theoretical material from Philip Abrams. I discussed some of this material in a 2013 blog-post Is the State Relevant? That post was a reflection on Trouillot’s chapter in Global Transformations, which urged anthropology to consider the power of “state effects” rather than simply jettison the idea in the wake of what was called “globalization.”


Living Anthropologically means documenting history, interconnection, and power during a time of global transformation. We need to care for others as we attempt to build a world together. This blog is a personal project of Jason Antrosio, author of Fast, Easy, and In Cash: Artisan Hardship and Hope in the Global Economy. For updates, follow on Twitter, watch on YouTube, or subscribe to e-mail list.

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