DA4780 Political Anthropology: Methods of Social Control

The aim of this course is to examine in greater detail a variety of methods of controlling: social interactions, resources, societies, states, liberties… whatever it is that humans feel a need to--or discover they can--control. Questions that will lurk throughout the course are: why does control matter? To whom does it matter most? Can we draw any generalizations cross-culturally? And to what extent might control differ across societies, strata, time, and space? The course is designed to be comparative and will draw on a series of case studies. Prerequisites: None.

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