GOVT 6835

GOVT 6835

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

This seminar considers new directions in thinking about political authority that focus on the claims of non-state groups. It considers leading 20th century political theorists who have recognized authority to be plural and contested as well as those who have resisted this characterization. We explore contemporary scholarship about religious groups that claim authority over their members, Indigenous peoples that claim authority over lands and resources, and employers that claim authority over workers by imposing their own rules and norms even if these depart from ones endorsed by the state. The aim is to understand where legitimate authority comes from, how it is enacted, and what role (if any) it plays in shaping the identities of those who are subject to it.

When Offered Spring.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: 15 students. Not open to: undergraduates.

Comments Co-meets with AMST 4630, GOVT 4835, PHIL 4435, SHUM 4631.

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Syllabi: none
  • 17158GOVT 6835  SEM 101