Citizens United/ Citizens Divided: A Case Study in the Anthropology of Law
Date: 5:00pm PDT March 14, 2016 Location: JRH 102
Citizens United/ Citizens Divided:
A Case Study in the Anthropology of Law
This lecture offers a cultural analysis of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court case, Citizens United. The legal controversies surrounding this case concerned the role of corporations in federal elections. For the public, though, it is less the technicalities of election law that have drawn attention; rather, it is the Court’s formulation of corporations as persons. In this sense, the Court dealt with fundamental social and cultural questions: What is a group? What is a corporation? What is the public interest in democracy? What is the meaning of money in politics? The lecture examines the ways in which the Court posed such questions, implicitly and explicitly, thereby carrying the significance of the case beyond electioneering to the role of law in everyday life.
Sponsors: Dean of the College, Phi Beta Kappa, Sociology & Anthropology, Political Science, Anthropology Club