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Comparisons Confected And Denied: Social Science Understandings Of Political Acts

Workshop for faculty and graduate students given by University of Michigan Anthropology Professor Mike McGovern

Date & time
Friday, March 8, 2019
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This event is free


Antwi Boasiako


Henry F. Hall Building
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Room H-1220

Wheel chair accessible


The workshop centers on a series of interlocking questions: the usefulness and complexities of addressing counterfactual questions; the advantages and disadvantages that qualitative social sciences like sociocultural anthropology and history bring to such work; and the problems of epistemology, comparability, and unstated assumptions that the use of comparison raises in the social scientific practices of cultural anthropology and quantitative political science.

The workshop is followed by a buffet lunch; RSVP to by Monday, March 4 to obtain a copy of a background paper.

Background reading: McGovern, Mike. 2011. “Popular Development Economics – An Anthropologist Among the Mandarins.” Perspectives on Politics. Volume 9(2): 345-355.

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