Explores how an anthropological analysis of the ‘everyday’ can elucidate the cultural underpinnings that inform, enable and hinder the exercise of power across the globe.
This paper addresses contemporary issues in culture and politics from an anthropological
perspective and in doing so makes a contribution to the development of a public anthropology
by fostering the critical skills required to undertake citizen-led anthropological
We explore how political and legal structures are influenced by the cultural environments through which they operate and the manner in which cultural groups and identities are also shaped by the political and legal power to which they are subject. Thus we interrogate concepts such as 'power','culture', 'politics' and 'anthropology', and students will pursue a research essay that investigates some of the local meanings attached to these terms in contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia, Asia or the wider Pacific with specific case studies of several such intersections of 'culture' and 'power'. Together we explore the richness of anthropological explanations of these issues in order to better appreciate the points of slippage and friction between 'everyday' taken for granted practices and the exercise of power across the globe.
|Paper title||Cultural Politics|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- 18 200-level ANTH points or 108 points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- May not be credited together with ANTH 326 passed in 2008.
- This paper is suitable for students both with and without strong backgrounds in anthropology.
- Teaching staff
- Co-ordinator: Professor Ruth Fitzgerald
- Paper Structure
- 100% internally assessed
- Required reading is from journal articles and book chapters available electronically through the library using Course Reserve.
- Learning Outcomes
- Students will extend their capacity for critical thinking through an exploration of the implications (both opportunities and pitfalls) of the culturalisation of 'power' and 'politics' and the politicisation of 'cultures'.
- Students will develop advanced anthropological research skills as they undertake their individual study of a chosen political and cultural dilemma.
- Students will gain higher level skills in written and verbal communication.
- Teaching Arrangements
- One 2-hour lecture per week; one 1-hour tutorial per week
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective.
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