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Power, Politics, and Authority 1
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themes social order systems of power relations Inequality and hierarchy State societies and centralized government The politics of everyday life
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Durham expresses the anthropological view on politics when she writes” P. 188 “the political runs through social life, from the most intimate affairs of family and friends to the obviously governmental”
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readings Durahm “Youth as a social shifter…” Linguistic “shifter” means something that sometimes simply names something in the world, and sometimes shifts its meaning depending on context Bourgois “Violating US Apartheid. .” readings are good examples of how larger political relationships affect daily life and personal identity, and intimate/private life
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quotation “L’etat, c’est moi.” [The state is me.] Louis XIV
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King Louis XIV of France
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Thinking about different ways in which power and authority are organized “L’etat, c’est moi. “ Implies state power as an extension of personal relations In contrast with ‘the rule of law’ where even the ruler is subject to regulation and accountable
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Contrast state and stateless societies Today there are no stateless societies because all territories [except Antartica? Whose is that?] are part of a nation and under some overarching government [though Somalia and some cases of ‘state collapse’ and protracted war, mean that in some places there is no effective central government in control]
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Government solider in Mogadishu
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2010 for the course ANTHRO Anthro 2A taught by Professor Victoriabernal during the Fall '10 term at UC Irvine.

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