Power and the structures that determine how power is generated, retained, and wielded have been described and critiqued though anthropological studies. This unit provides students with the opportunity to take note of the power structures that shape the world. They are encouraged to consider the nature of power, the way it is exerted, and the implications for those who have state and structural power and those who seek to obtain it. Finally, they will learn about individual and collective efforts to challenge and dismantle these structures, and develop new systems.
Das, Veena. 2008. “Violence, Gender, and Subjectivity.” Annual Review of Anthropology 37: 283–299.
Quijano, Aníbal. 2000. “Coloniality of Power, Eurocentrism, and Latin America.” Nepantla: Views From the South 1 (3): 533–580.
Article: SAPIENS’ “How the Samoan Tattoo Survived Colonialism”
TED Playlist: A Playbook to Understanding Power
Video: Crash Course Sociology #21’s “Social Stratification”
Eshe Lewis (2020)