Political Anthropology

Political anthropologists have been most concerned with the contextual specificity of political processes, the mechanisms through which localities are incorporated into larger scales of social, economic, and political life, and the sentiments and meanings that people bring to their political practices. Our faculty engages with a variety of political phenomena such as state formation and governance, the meanings and practices of liberalism and neoliberalism, the political economic dimensions of social and cultural change, the politics of social and biological reproduction, social movements, and the changing contours of citizenship.