ANT433H5F - Advanced Seminar in Anthropology (SSc)

Sovereign Power and Distributed Agency

When one person asks another to pass the salt, agency is distributed across two individuals. The one who asks "authors" the action while the other performs it. This distributed character of agency is a central and pervasive feature of the organization of human action. This course will explore ideas about the distributed character of agency in relation to recent work on sovereignty and sovereign power. This will be a seminar course in which students are expected to contribute to class discussion. Over the course of the term we will be working, as a group, with an extended case study of political action.

1.0 credits in 300 level anthropology courses and departmental approval.