Fall 2011

Global Markets and Local Cultures

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-235


Ana M. Araujo (Section 01)


This course is an introduction to anthropological approaches to the study of economic globalization. We will discuss the socioeconomic transformation of cultures around the globe, with special attention to the interconnections between market-based economic change and the processes of colonialism and its legacies; the construction of a global economy; nationalism and the formation of nation-states; conceptions and consequences of the rise of “development”; the existence of local economic forms; the globalization of popular culture and consumerism; migration; commodity production; new social movements and the impact of global financial institutions and non-governmental organizations. The focus will be on how residents of the Global South and postcolonial societies respond to the impact of global institutions and market forms. The course is divided into three thematic sections which consist of: 1) The Age of Empire (1850-1945): Colonialism and the Construction of a Global Economy; 2) The Age of Development and State-Building (1945-1979); and 3) The Age of Deregulation and the New Globalisms (1979-present). 

Requisite: ANTH 112. Limited to 30 students.  Fall semester.  Visiting Professor Araujo.

If Overenrolled: If the course should become over-enrolled preference will be given to anthropology majors; preference will also be given to students enrolled in their second year or later for course enrollment.


2021-22: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012