ANTH 312 - The Anthropology of the State - Past, Present, Future
The State is a relatively recent form of social organization in the human journey, first emerging only some 5,000 years ago. The modern Nation State is more recent still, arising from Enlightenment principles of Natural Rights. More recently, various new States have emerged as a result of regional and world wars of empire, decolonization, and ethno-nationalism. This has included the formation of modern treaty First Nations in Canada. As emergent state structures, First Nations have a unique opportunity to re-imagine the culture of the State and governance structures. This course will examine the history of state formation, examine contemporary First Nation state formation in Yukon, and provide students the opportunity to understand, critique, and imagine the State.