HIEA 3172 The Japanese Empire
Writing assignment #1
Using the intentionally broad category of “populations and power,” write a short (1500 words) review essay in which you identify the categories, mechanisms, and social relations in each text listed below. This assignment is meant to help us consolidate a theoretical vocabulary and clarify our thinking before moving on.
These texts do not necessarily agree and might be opposed to each other—just because I’ve grouped them for this class doesn’t mean that they are the same thing. It is not your job to make them agree—let them fight it out on your page., These should not be summaries, but variations on the theme “populations and power.” (You might, but do not have to, use the multiple, simultaneous book reviews in the New York Review of Books or the Times Literary Supplement as your model.)
You may also try to relate each text to the others, but beware, you are not writing a paper to get the “true” meaning of the terms; you are to stand back and explain how these texts use the categories. To do this you must keep the many voices, including yours, separate and clear. It should always be absolutely clear to a reader precisely who is talking at any given moment. This can be as simple as “According Foucault…” or “Marx would disagree here because….” If you include your own voice, announce that, too—though your voice should be confined to the intro and the end. You DO NOT need a conclusion. This can and should stay at the level of analysis, not criticism or expansion. That will come later.
Use Chicago-style footnotes for citations. (Guide Here)
- Marx, Capital
- Lenin, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism
- Foucault, Security, Territory, Population
Due on Collab “Assignments” tab at 5 pm, Friday March 2.
Papers received after 5 pm will be docked one-third of a grade (i.e. from A- to B+). Papers received after 11:59 pm on the 2nd will be docked two-thirds of a grade (i.e. from A- to B). Each following midnight will be another third of a grade deduction.