ANTH 340 Spring 2014 Culture and Capitalism (W)

Capitalism is a set of economic and social arrangements that have transformed human relations across the planet. This course considers classical and contemporary accounts of capitalism's main attributes, how it arose, the habits of mind that it promotes, and its tendency to naturalize itself to such an extent that participants come to believe that it expresses fundamental properties of human nature. Among topics to be addressed in the course are capitalism's historical roots, its links to religion, its internal contradictions and inherent instability, and the sometimes strange ways that it is perceived by societies when they first come into contact with it. Course readings will include works by Marx, Weber, Polanyi, Graeber, Harvey, Hayek, Sennett, Taussig, and others.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly brief response papers; two essays and final examination
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: none; not open to first-year students
Enrollment Preference: majors in Anthropology or Sociology
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3205
ANTH340-01(S) SEM Culture and Capitalism (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Michael F. Brown
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Hollander 101 3205
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