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240519 SE The Anthropology of Elites and Power (P4) (2019S)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Participation at first session is obligatory!



max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Dienstag 02.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Dienstag 09.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Dienstag 30.04. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Dienstag 07.05. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Dienstag 14.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Dienstag 21.05. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Dienstag 28.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Dienstag 04.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Dienstag 18.06. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Dienstag 25.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

In virtually every society, historical and contemporary, power is a decisive factor. Surprisingly, however, the ones with most power, such as elites, receive relatively little attention in anthropology, with many anthropologists studying more marginalised groups instead. Yet to understand the organisation of societies around the word, as well as the position of marginalised groups within these societies, it is of relevance to also include the study of elites and other powerful groups.

Course aims:
1. To gain an understanding of the (theoretical) themes and debates in the study of elites.
2. To be able to apply the theory.
3. To better understand the particular qualities an anthropological perspective has to offer.
4. To be able to reflect upon methodological and ethical concerns and challenges in the (anthropological) study of powerful actors.

After discussing definitions of elites and power, we will focus on a variety of topics, such as conspicuous consumption, the elite family, philanthropy, and elite geographies (in Vienna). We will discuss the themes with the help of several case studies of elites, both in locations where anthropology has traditionally been associated with, such as African societies, and (contemporary) settings elsewhere, for example in Europe and the US. This will allow us to explore similarities and/or differences between elites and power around the world.

Reading literature, group work, discussions, and individual papers.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

1. Each student will participate in one group assignment (3 to 5 students) and prepare a session (presentation of the session’s theme, organising group discussion or other activity, etc.). The assignment will count towards 40 points of the final mark.
2. Individually, each student will submit a 15-page paper at the end of the course. This will count towards 60 points of the final mark.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

1. Presence and active participation in the seminar.
2. With prior notification, two absences of 90 minutes maximum will be allowed (see for the exception, also the next point).
3. Active and fair contribution to the group assignment (all students involved in a particular group have to be present during their presentation/assignment; hence, they cannot request absence apart from for very important reasons).
4. Both the group assignment and the paper have to be completed successfully, i.e. with a 4 mark minimum.



Various articles and chapters.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:40