On Agency

For The History of Anthro Thought after reading about Necropolitics we began the section “On Agency” with three readings:

  • Saba Mahmood, “The Subject of Freedom” (2005)
  • Shalini Shankar, “Speaking like a Model Minority: ‘FOB’ Styles, Gender, and Racial Meanings among Desi Teens in Silicon Valley” (2008)
  • Victoria Redclift, “Abjects or Agents? Camps, Contests, and the Creation of ‘Political Space.'” (2013)


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