Modern (white male capitalist) Order

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Political Science

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

White Male Capitalist Order

Spring 2020

Taught By: Mayra Cotta Cardozo De Souza

Section: A

CRN: 7713

Credits: 4

The concept of order has been pervasive in politics and theory as an ideal aim of political endeavours. Almost every canon of western political theory, from Ancient to Modern to Contemporary, introduces it at some point, despite often lacking further elaboration. Not only a constant presence in theory, the concept is also successfully instrumentalized in political practices, campaigns and slogans, circulating in the popular lexicon as a self-evident aspiration that binds the community together. The contemporary confusion of equivalencies between order and security, order and authoritarianism, order and oppression, order and heterossexual masculinity, order and rationality, order and markets has muddled the debate to a point that order has become this amazingly amorphous trope in the hands of politicians precisely because they are able to attach to it almost any meaning desired by their base. This points to the urgent need of properly understanding the political roots of the idea of order and of how and why it has not only become a central value in political theory, but also came to acquire distinct meanings over time. In this course, this investigation will be framed by three modern processes - the formation of capitalism, the gendered separation between public and private spheres, and colonial expansion - so we can have a more complex understanding of how and why order came to be an outstanding preoccupation in political theory. We will also be looking into how this idea organizes everything that order is not, therefore creating both the antagonistic characters and undesired forces to be dismantled and the spaces of belonging and exclusion in the Political.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Political Science (LPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 13, 2020 (Wednesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:06am 6/4/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1108

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/11/2020