Global Village Living-Learning Center | Gender & Economic Development
G220 | 32398 | Chelekis, Jessica

(3 cr.) (2nd 8 weeks) (TR) (9:00 am - 11:00 am) Jessica Chelekis.
Did you know that there are Avon salespeople in Amazonian
communities and African villages?  Why would people who have no
electricity buy make-up and perfume?  In fact, economists, political
scientists, sociologists and anthropologists have placed increasing
importance on small and micro-businesses as engines of economic
development and tools for women’s empowerment in developing
countries. We will use the methods and theoretical concepts of
anthropology to examine women’s small and micro-businesses in
developing countries, as well as development agencies’ programs that
encourage women to start small and micro-businesses. This course
will emphasize “native” entrepreneurship and the cultural milieu in
which development programs are implemented. We will read and discuss
cases from South America, West Africa, India, Bangladesh, Thailand,
and even the U.S. This course aims to teach students not only about
economic anthropology, but how to apply this sub-discipline to real-
world issues and public policy by focusing on a major trend around
the world.