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Department of Social Anthropology

Marlene Schafers - Faultlines of Class

SAN6: Power, economy and social transformation 

By engaging with the theories of value, property, labour, and domination so central to the Enlightenment and Marxist conceptions of political economy, the teaching for this paper focuses on anthropology's contributions in providing new perspectives on these classic concerns, as well as developing wholly new ways to understand such world-changing phenomena as ecological catastrophes and environmental justice, the collapse of 'traditional' workplace life and the rise of platform economies. Topics covered will normally include theories of the state; colonialism and decolonisation; indigeneity; nationalism and neo-nationalism; populism; the comparative study of Western and non-Western capitalisms; anti-capitalism and New Social Movements; labour migration and the workplace; precarity, new digital platform economies; and state and non-state systems of expansion, domination and resistance.

Further information including a list of lecture courses and background reading can be found in the Paper Guide in the Paper Resources section to the right of this page.

Paper Resources

SAN6 Paper Guide 2023-24

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