240519 SE Anthropology of Organisations and Bureaucracy (P4) (2021W)
- Registration is open from We 01.09.2021 00:01 to We 22.09.2021 23:59
- Deregistration possible until Mo 18.10.2021 23:59
Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N
Update 12.01.2022: Due to the current situation the course will be held digital until the end of the semester.
Update 13.12.2021: The course will be held digital until December 17.
Update 22.11.2021: The course will be held digital during lockdown.
Update 20.10.2021: The class on October 28th will be digital. Students of the seminar can use HS C as a studyzone.
Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
A. Thick description essay, 1-2 pages 30% of final grade
B. Policy brief, 1-2 pages 30% of final grade
C. Essay for action (report) combining ethnographic data (essay A) and socio-political data (essay B) with anthropological theory discussed in the classroom, 4 pages 40% of final grade91 - 100: 1
78 - 90 : 2
64 - 77 : 3
51 - 63 : 4
0 - 50 : 5
Abram, S., & Weszkalnys, G. (Eds.).(2013).Elusive Promises. Planning in the Contemporary World. London: Berghahn Books.
Caufield, C. (1996).Masters of illusion: the World Bank and the poverty of nations(1st ed.). New York: Henry Holt.
du Gay, P. (2000).In Praise of Bureaucracy: Weber - Organization - Ethics: SAGE Publications.
du Gay, Paul. 2005. The values of bureaucracy. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.
Lipsky, M. (2010).Street-Level Bureaucracy, 30th Ann. Ed.: Dilemmas of the Individual in Public Service: Russell Sage Foundation.
Drazkiewicz, Elzbieta. 2020. Institutionalised Dreams: The Art of Managing Foreign Aid: Berghahn Books (chapter 6 and 7).Foucault, M. (1991). Governmentality. In G. Burchell, C. Gordon, & P. Miller (Eds.),The Foucault Effect. Studies in Governmentality(pp. 87-104). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
Handelman, D. (2007). The Cartesian Divide of the Nation-State Emotion and Bureaucratic Logic In H. Wulff (Ed.),The Emotions. A Cultural Reader(Vol. 119-142). Oxford: Berg.
Harvey, P., Reeves, M., & Ruppert, E. (2013). ANTICIPATING FAILURE: Transparency devices and their effects.Journal of Cultural Economy, 6(3), 294.
Hetherington, K. (2011).Guerrilla Auditors: The Politics of Transparency in Neoliberal Paraguay. Durham: Duke Press.
Herzfeld, M. (1993).The social production of indifference: exploring the symbolic roots of Western bureaucracy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Howe, L. (2009).Being unemployed in Northern Ireland: an ethnographic study. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Mathur, N. (2015).Paper Tiger. Law Bureaucracy and the Developmental State in Himalayan India. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Müller, B. (2013).The Gloss of Harmony: The Politics of Policy Making in Multilateral Organisations: Pluto Press
Mosse, D. (2004). Is good policy unimplementable? Reflections on the ethnography of aid policy and practice.Development and Change, 35(4), 639-671.
Navaro-Yashin, Y. (2007). Make-believe papers, legal forms and the counterfeit.Anthropological Theory, 7(1), 79-98. doi:10.1177/1463499607074294
Neumann, I. (2012).At Home with the Diplomats. Inside a European Foreign Ministry. New York: Cornell University Press.
Power, M. (1997).The audit society: rituals of verification. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Riles, A. (2000).The network inside out. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
Strathern, M. (1997). Improving ratings: audit in the British University system.European Review, 5(03), 305-321.
Strathern, M. (2000a).Audit cultures: anthropological studies in accountability, ethics and the academy: Routledge.
Strathern, M. (2000b). The tyranny of transparency.British Educational Research Journal, 26(3), 309-321.
Weber, M. (1979). Bureaucracy inEconomy and Society(pp. 956-1005): University of California Press.
Wedel, J. R. (2011).Shadow Elite: How the World's New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market: Basic Books.
Wedel, Janine. (2014). Unaccountable: How Elite Power Brokers Corrupt Our Finances, Freedom, and Security: Pegasus Books.