This programme allows you to combine the study of social anthropology with an exploration of political theories, movements and institutions, and the drivers of political change.
Anthropologists have studied the political systems of world societies since the early years of the discipline, and, today, political anthropology is central to contemporary anthropological thought.
Within the School of Anthropology and Conservation, we have a range of experts working on politics, in regions as diverse as the Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe, India and Central America. Their research is key to specialist modules such as Violence and Conflict in the Contemporary World; innovative regional modules on European Societies and Southeast Asian Societies, and across a wide range of our core and optional teaching.
A unique strength of anthropological study of politics is its comparative perspective – enabling students to grasp, in concrete ethnographic detail, how power is manifested in diverse cultural practices and institutions across the modern world.
It also reveals how our understanding of political systems urgently needs to be grounded in such ‘local’ knowledge in a globalised and increasingly connected world. For such reasons, training in anthropology - in political systems and more broadly - offers an ideal complement to undergraduate study in politics.