ANTH 051B. Drugs and Governmentality
Psychoactive substances offer us an especially powerful prism with which to analyze the techniques of governance that have characterized the political regimes of the Americas since colonization. Hemispheric in scope, this course will trace an anthropological history of the uses and abuses of such diverse substances as chocolate and tobacco, coffee and cocaine, peyote and prescription pharmaceuticals, thereby preparing students to disentangle the multiple forces that over determine contemporary discourses of drugs, intoxication, and their respective places in social life.
Eligible for LALS
Fall 2018. Fraga.
Catalog chapter: Sociology and Anthropology
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/sociology-anthropology
Check the Spring 2018 Schedule of Courses