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240524 SE Elites, Inequality, and Power in (Imperial) Vienna: An Anthropological Inquiry (P4) (2021S)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Participation at first session is obligatory!

The lecturer can invite students to a grade-relevant discussion about partial achievements. Partial achievements that are obtained by fraud or plagiarized result in the non-evaluation of the course (entry 'X' in certificate). The plagiarism software 'Turnitin' will be used for courses with continuous assessment.


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Die LV startet digital und wird, wenn es die Covid-Bestimmungen wieder zulassen, auf Vor-Ort bzw. hybrid umgestellt.
Informationen zu den Räumlichkeiten erfolgen rechtzeitig.

Dienstag 02.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 09.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 16.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 23.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 27.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 11.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 18.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 01.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 08.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 15.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 22.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 29.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital


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 ethnographic attention in anthropology. Yet to understand the organisation of societies, as well as inequalities within these societies, it is of relevance to also include the study of elites and other powerful groups.

As we reside in a city where traces of elite power and inequalities remain very prominent, the course aims to discuss theoretical insights through tangible Viennese examples.

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 to (historical) developments in Vienna.
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, inequality, and power, we will focus on a variety of topics, such as conspicuous consumption, the elite family, admiration of power, philanthropy, and elite geographies. We will discuss these topics with the help of several case studies, especially though not exclusively located in (imperial) Vienna. This will allow us to explore similarities and/or differences between elites, inequality and power in Vienna and elsewhere 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 50 points of the final mark.
2. Individually, each student will submit a 4,500 to 6,000 words paper at the end of the course. This will count towards 50 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).



Various articles and chapters.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Do 10.06.2021 16:09