Anthropology | Circulation Value and the Production of Persons
E400 | 27221 | Buggenhagen

This seminar offers a critical survey of past and recent debates in
the study of exchange, to understand its relevance for research on the
politics of sociocultural difference. Readings range from classical
theoretical and ethnographic materials to recent reformulations that
use exchange, and more recently circulation, to explore the dynamics
of history, social reproduction and power. Topics covered may include
the production and circulation of cloth and other objects of value in
colonial, post-colonial and global contexts as well as capitalism and
commodification. The course will draw on materials from Africa, Oceana
and India. Through seminar presentations, a book review and a seminar
paper, students will participate in addressing the central questions
of this course and turn these questions towards their own research.