Financial Crises and the Future of Democracy
Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-324
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Austerity measures promoted as a response to the deep global economic recession beginning in 2007 have resulted in protests around the globe. However, these are only the most recent series of measures that fall under the aegis of neoliberal reform. With much of the world’s population under 30 years old, neoliberalism has been a constant fact of life for many. This course looks at the historic rise and consequences of the neoliberal economic model as well as alternatives implemented by breakaway governments in the global South. We will study how the past 40 years of financialization, related debt crises, economic shock therapy and growing inequality fit into broader economic history and help explain current developments. We also will explore the challenge to neoliberalism posed by movements for greater economic democracy and equality from Rome and Cairo to Quito and New York.
Requisite: SOCI 112. Limited to 20 students. Admission with consent of the instructor. Fall semester. Professors Holleman and Mun.
If Overenrolled: Priority given to seniors and juniors in anthropology/sociology and then to seniors and juniors across majors.
KeywordsWriting attentive, Speaking attentive
Offerings2014-15: Offered in Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Fall 2013