Courses of Study 2019-2020 
    Jul 14, 2020  
Courses of Study 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ANTHR 3437 - Brave New World, 21st Century Authoritarianism

(GHB) (SBA-AS)      
Spring. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Recommended Prerequisite: some familiarity with issues and debates in anthropology and/or social sciences generally. Co-meets with ANTHR 6437 .

M. Fiskesjö.

This course offers a synthetic perspective on a spectrum of currently troubling phenomena – the rise of authoritarian populism, growing inequality, racism, misogyny, nationalism, war. In particular, it links macro-scale and historical theories regarding global processes (e.g., “world systems,” “globalization”), on the one hand, and the more intimate correlates of these macro forces shaping individual experience, on the other.  Drawing from anthropology as well as from cognate disciplines (political economy, history, and psychology), the course surveys and assesses both case studies of phenomena such as the self-delusion of the oppressed, the narcissism of dictators, and how the making and remaking of social identities relate to world economic cycles.  Course readings highlight how fantasy, imagination, hope and fear figure crucially in people’s apprehensions of the contemporary world. 

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