AN457 Half Unit
Anthropology of Economy (2): Development, Transformation and Globalisation
This information is for the 2013/14 session.
Dr Laura Bear OLD6.09 and Dr Gisa Weszkalnys
This course is available on the MPA in European Public and Economic Policy, MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MSc in Anthropology and Development, MSc in Anthropology and Development (Management), MSc in China in Comparative Perspective, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Human Rights, MSc in Law, Anthropology and Society, MSc in Regulation, MSc in Regulation (Research), MSc in Religion in the Contemporary World, MSc in Social Anthropology and MSc in Social Anthropology (Learning and Cognition). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
A background in the social sciences, preferably anthropology.
The course addresses topics in the anthropology of globalisation. Scholars in a wide range of disciplines have sought to understand the new forms of production, consumption, exchange and financial circulation that have emerged since the 1980s. Some emphasise post-Fordist methods of flexible production and neo-liberal elite projects. Others focus on trans-state processes of globalisation. For other theorists shifts in state policies such as austerity, decentralised planning, public-private partnerships and the deregulation of financial markets are at the centre of analysis. Others address new forms of consumer society, popular desires for social mobility and transnational migration. Drawing from ethnographies and anthropological theory this course equips students to evaluate these arguments. Importantly it also revisits classic topics in economic anthropology from the perspective of present realities — for example production and intimate economies; formal markets in relation to informalised, violent economies; circulation in relation to financial debt and risk; and consumption and consumer citizenship.
10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the LT.
Students will do presentations during seminars for which they will receive formative feedback. They will also have an opportunity to write tutorial essays on topics from the course which will be formatively assessed.
J Inda and R Rosaldo (eds), The Anthropology of Globalisation (2007); M Edelman and A Haugerud (eds), The Anthropology of Development and Globalization (2004); C.Freeman, High Tech and High Heels in the Global Economy: women, work and pink-collar identities in the Caribbean (2000); M Mills, Thai Women and the Global Labour Force: consuming desires, contested selves (1999); A Wilson, The Intimate Economies of Bangkok: Tomboys, Tycoons and Avon Ladies in the Global City (2004); A Aneesh, Virtual Migration: the Programming of Globalisation (2004); N Constable, Migrant Workers in Asia: Distant Divides, Intimate Connections (2010); M O’Dougherty, Consumption Intensified: the politics of middle class daily life in Brazil (2002); J Collier and A Ong, Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics and Ethics as Anthropological Problems (2009); A Tsing, Friction: an Ethnography of Global Connection (2004); K Hetherington, Guerilla Auditors: the politics of transparency in Paraguay (2011); E Shever, Resources for Reform: oil and neo-liberalism in Argentina (2011); C Hann, Life in Debt: Times of Care and Violence in Neo-Liberal Chile (2012); K Ho, Liquidated: an Ethnography of Wall Street (2010).
Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Total students 2012/13: 31
Average class size 2012/13: 15
Value: Half Unit