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F&ES 965 01 (24037) /ANTH598
Advanced Readings: Social Science of Development and Conservation
Carol Carpenter
Th 2.30-5.20 S
Spring 2014 
 
3 credits. An advanced seminar on the social science theory of sustainable development and conservation, designed as an M.E.M. capstone course and to provide theory for M.E.Sc. and doctoral students to use to place their own work in a wider theoretical context in analyzing and writing up their research. The course traces the conceptual history of the social science theory of sustainable development and conservation, focusing on theories of discursive power, governmentality, 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 development and conservation, important social scientists who have used Foucault's ideas (e.g., James Ferguson, Arturo Escobar, Timothy Mitchell, Tania Li, Donald Moore), alternative theories of power (e.g., James Scott, Bruno Latour), applications of Foucault's ideas to development (selections change every year), applications of Foucault's ideas to the environment (especially Arun Agrawal, Timothy Luke, Bruce Braun), theories of resistance (Michel Foucault, James Scott, and others), Foucauldian views of the economy, capitalism, and governmentality (Aiwa Ong, Anna Tsing), and other views of capitalism (Tania Li, James Ferguson, Timothy Mitchell). Students are expected to use the course to develop, and present in class, their own research and writing. Three hours lecture/seminar. Enrollment limited to twelve.
Prerequisite: F&ES 839a, 877a, or 882a.