F&ES 965b/ANTH 598b / 2016-2017

Advanced Readings: Social Science of Development and Conservation

Credits: 3

Spring 2017: Tu, 2:30-5:20, Sage 32
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This course is an advanced seminar on the social science theory of conservation and development, designed as an M.E.M. capstone course and to give M.E.Sc. and doctoral students a wider theoretical context for analyzing and writing up their research. The course traces the conceptual history of the social science theory of development and conservation, focusing on theories of politics, power, government, and capitalism. It examines relations between these theories, alternative theories, and how this history influences the field. The course covers the works of Michel Foucault most relevant to the field, important social scientists who have used Foucault’s ideas (e.g., James Ferguson, Timothy Mitchell, Tania Li, Donald Moore, David Mosse), alternative theories of power (e.g., James Scott, Bruno Latour, Timothy Mitchell), applications of Foucault’s ideas to development (selections change every year, but always include James Ferguson), applications of Foucault’s ideas to the environment (especially Arun Agrawal and Bruce Braun), theories of resistance and counter-conduct (Lila Abu-Lughod, Michel Foucault, James Scott), and Foucault-influenced views of the economy and capitalism (Peter Miller and Nikolas Rose, Timothy Mitchell, Aiwa Ong, Tania Li, Anna Tsing, among others). Students are expected to use the course to develop, and present in class, their own research and writing. Prerequisite: F&ES 839a, 877b, or 882a. Three hours lecture/seminar. Enrollment limited to twelve.

Prerequisites for F&ES 965:
F&ES 839: Social Science of Conservation and Development
F&ES 877: Anthropology of the Global Economy for Development and Conservation 
F&ES 882: The Black Box of Implementation: Households, Communities, Gender
or equivalent coursework.
Limited to 12
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