Culture & Economy

This course is designed as an introduction to economic anthropology, or better still economies and cultures. The course will provide students with a more nuanced, sophisticated understanding of the moral, social, and political meanings of “economy” and how anthropologists, in particular, have approached its study. The course will address both capitalist and non-capitalists systems and use specific cases studies (presented in readings and documentaries) to probe the historical debates that continue to animate this social science subfield. Issues such as altruism, self-interest, reciprocity, honor, emotion, structure and agency will be explored through course assignments.