Anthropologists have long been active in making sense of the numerous ways in which people attach meanings, desires, and hierarchical worth to material objects and economic processes. This course will explore a core topic in this discussion: money. Focusing an ethnographic examples across scales of exchange (e.g., from colonization to household budgeting), the course will re-examine the classic social theoretical argument that money alienates and abstracts social relations. We will consider money’s link to various aspects of moral and epistemic calculation, and ultimately show that not all money is equal or interchangeable. Neither is it an acultural entity. As a corollary to our discussion of money, we will address the over-theorized though elusive analytic of value to make sense of cultural difference when seen through the prism of money.
Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Professor Chowdhury.
If Overenrolled: Priority given to seniors and majors in Anthropology
2017-18: Not offered Other years: Offered in Fall 2013