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The Politics of Knowledge, Organised and Everyday Forms of Contestation - ANTH726

This unit examines some key debates in the politics of knowledge over the last twenty years, debates which have emerged from social movements, and made a substantial impact on academic disciplines, including on anthropology. Some of the questions we consider are: Can non-elite ('subaltern') groups 'speak for themselves'? What role do intellectuals play in these movements? What are the different kinds of intellectuals and transnational flows of ideas and organisational networks that have been generative of social movements? And how necessary are intellectuals to social movements that emerge from subordinate and marginalised groups? And finally, how do we understand contestation and more broadly, human agency, outside the context of discourses and organised projects of social movements and intellectuals?

Credit Points: 4
When Offered:

S2 Evening - Session 2, North Ryde, Evening

Staff Contact(s): Associate Professor Kalpana Ram

Admission to MRes Prerequisite Information


Unit Designation(s):
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Anthropology

Faculty of Arts

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