Fall 2015

Asian Capitalism: Historical and Contemporary Views

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-350  |  Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-350


Eunmi Mun (Section 01)


(Offered as SOCI 350 and ASLC 350.) Asian economic development has challenged many Western observers; one reason has to do with the fact that Asian economies rely on institutional arrangements that do not exist in Western economies. In this course, we will look at distinctive institutional arrangements in Asia and discuss how those arrangements emerged. We will also discuss on-going debates concerning the character of Asian capitalism. Specifically we will look at the history of capitalism in Asia, what capitalism in Asia looks like today, how capitalism in Asia is perceived before and after the Asian financial crisis, and how the perception of Asian capitalism has changed since the most recent financial crisis originating in the United States. This course will require weekly class meetings (2 hours) and small-group meetings prior to weekly class meetings.

Not open to first-year students. Recommended requisite: One previous course in Sociology. Enrollment requires attendance at the first class meeting. Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Professor Mun.

SOCI 350 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 02:30 PM - 05:00 PM CHAP 210

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
Economic Ideology and Japanese Industrial Policy Gao Amherst Books TBD
Capitalism from Below: Markets and Institutional Change in China Nee & Opper Amherst Books TBD
Churning the Earth: The Making of Global India Shrivastava & Kothari Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Fall 2015