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Katharyne Mitchell
GEOG 553
Seattle Campus

Advanced Topics in Cultural Geography

Focuses on important contemporary topics in geography and cultural studies, especially race and racism. Includes critical questions surrounding issues of representation, recognition, and redistribution. Offered: Sp.

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This graduate seminar introduces and provides a geographical perspective on what Michel Foucault proposed as the analytic of governmentality or 'art of government.' It focuses specifically on the assemblages of power targeting subjects of rule in the contemporary neoliberal moment. Governmentality has often been described as “the conduct of conduct,” and neoliberal governmentality can be seen to combine the forces of the market and the state to rationalize the conduct of many aspects of modern life. In this course we investigate specific sites and technologies in which power is rationalized under conditions of free-market globalization.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Katharyne Mitchell
Date: 11/09/2005