Fall 2015

Economic Anthropology and Social Theory

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-343

Formerly listed as: ANTH-43


Miriam R. Goheen [d] (Section 01)


This course will look at the relationship between economy and society through a critical examination of Marx with particular emphasis on pre-capitalist economies. The more recent work of French structural Marxists and neo-Marxists, and the substantivist-formalist debate in economic anthropology will also be discussed. The course will develop an anthropological perspective by looking at such “economic facts” as production, exchange systems, land tenure, marriage transactions, big men and chiefs, state formation, peasant economy, and social change in the modern world.

Limited to 25 students. First-year and sophomore students must have consent of the instructor.  Fall semester.  Professor Goheen.

ANTH 343 - L/D

Section 01
W 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM WEBS 220

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
The Condition of Postmodernity: An Enquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change Harvey Amherst Books TBD
Ideology: An Introduction Eagleton Amherst Books TBD
Cheap Meat: Flap Food Nations in the Pacific Islands Gewertz & Errington Amherst Books TBD
The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies Mauss Amherst Books TBD
Localizing Knowledge in a Globalizing World: Recasting the Area Studies Debate (Modern Intellectual and Political History of the Middle East) Mirsepassi, Basu& Weaver Amherst Books TBD
Marxism and Literature (Marxist Introductions) Williams Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016