Fall 2012

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Anthropology of Natural Wealth

Submitted by Nusrat S. Chowdhury on Friday, 8/10/2012, at 12:28 AM

From diamonds and bananas to coca and water, nature’s wealth is now commodities that shape the way we think of global connections from early colonial encounters to our late capitalist world. They are signs of the legacies of colonial exploitation as well as the seemingly infinite reach of global capital. Yet, anthropology of the politics around these commodities has brought to the fore the provocative and unpredictable ways in which natural resources shape new forms of cultural practices, social distinctions, violence, and resistance.