Anthropology | Economic Anthropology: Theories of Value
E420 | 25822 | Buggenhagen


This seminar offers a critical survey of past and recent debates in
the anthropology of exchange to understand its relevance for research
on the politics of sociocultural difference. Readings range from
classical theoretical and ethnographic work concerning the
gift/commodity distinction to current reformulations that use
exchange, and more recently circulation and value, to explore the
dynamics of history, social reproduction and power. Drawing on
ethnographic work in Melanesia, Africa and the West, we will consider
the role that theories of value may play in understanding the nature
of neoliberal global capital.