[F&ES 877b/ANTH 561]

Anthropology of the Global Economy for Development and Conservation 

2013-2014
Credits: 3
Spring 2014: Not Offered
 

 

This seminar explores topics in the anthropology of the global economy that are relevant to development and conservation policy and practice. Anthropologists are often assumed to focus on micro- or local-level research, and thus to have limited usefulness in the contemporary, global world of development and conservation policy. In fact, however, they have been examining global topics since at least the 1980s, and little current anthropological research is limited to the village level. More importantly, the anthropological perspective on the global economy is unique and important. This course examines the topics that make up this perspective, including using a single commodity to study the global economy, world system and other 1970s theories of the world economy, the moral relation between economy and society, articulations between rural households and the global economy, rural-urban relations in the global economy, the process of becoming a commodity, the anthropology of commodities, the commons debate, credit and debt, contracting and flexible accumulation, and the metrics and mobiles of globalizationReadings for the course come from the subfields of environmental anthropology, economic anthropology, the anthropology of development, and the anthropology of conservation. No prerequisites. Three hours lecture/seminar