The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

ANTH 4312 Political and Legal Anthropology

This course involves the anthropological analysis of political and legal institutions as revealed in relevant theoretical debates and with reference to ethnographic examples. Topics included in this course are the development of political and legal anthropology and their key concepts; studies of the state, kingship and other forms of authority; forms of knowledge and power; political competition and conflict; indigenous responses to colonialism; civil society and citizenship; nationalism, ethnicity, and genocide; theories of order and normative domain; law as command and law as rules; the legal dimensions of hierarchy and authority; dispute institutions and processes, legal pluralism; Indian, Islamic and other non-Western legal systems.




3 hours from any of these areas: anthropology (ANTH), economics (ECON), psychology (PSYC), sociology (SOCI), or consent of instructor.

Schedule Type


Grading Basis

Standard Letter (A-F)

Administrative Unit

Dept of Anthropology


As scheduled