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Swarthmore College    
College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
  Jan 17, 2018
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

ANTH 116. Anthropology of Capitalism

In the wake of the global financial system's recent paroxysms, it is more urgent than ever that students of anthropology be equipped to understand the social and cultural dimensions of contemporary capitalism. This seminar will therefore examine the defining features of the current capitalist milieu through the lens of comparative ethnography. Combining classic theoretical readings on the structure and development of capitalism with concrete ethnographic studies, we will analyze a broad sample of the many guises under which capital travels across political, economic, and cultural borders. These analyses will then enable us to approach the more pressing question of how individual actors can and do contribute to the transformation of the global cultural economy.
Theory course.
Social sciences.
2 credits.
Eligible for INTP
Spring 2019. Fraga.
Catalog chapter: Sociology and Anthropology  
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