E420 | 0428 | Clark

Do you wonder how people around the world manage to put food on the table,
and how so many of us don't manage?  This course takes a comparative
international look at systems of production, consumption and exchange that
people depend on for their livelihoods.  Now that economics mainly
constructs abstract models of how markets are supposed to function, based
on official statistics, it is left to economic anthropologists to ask the
tough questions about values, change and power that address how people
actually live.  You will hear how people talk and think about their work
in factories, offices, farms, and kitchens.   Various theories will be
discussed to help us judge the most important factors in the human
experience of commercialization, globalization, wealth, poverty, human
nature, social entitlements and social responsibilities.   Assigned
readings include a main textbook and several case studies of specific
locations.  There will be a midterm and a final, both taken home.
Graduate students will also write a research paper.