Anthropology | Globalization and Consumer Culture
E618 | 25434 | Wilk


This course will examine the evidence for the spread of global
consumer culture, looking at the ways that people in different parts
of the world have learned to be consumers. We will ask the tough
questions about the future, about the environmental impacts of
consumption, and the way our own cups of coffee and running shoes tie
us together with a whole globe of other producers and consumers.

Students should expect to read widely and deeply in a number of
disciplines. The focus will be on the history of Western consumerism,
the ethnography of new forms of consumer culture emerging today in
different parts of the world, the ethics and political economy of
consumption, theories of globalization, and the links between
consumption and the environmental problems.