E420 ECONOMIC ANTHROPOLOGY Fall 1998

Course Schedule of Topics

Text Reading Schedule

Article Reading Schedule

Aug 31
Course Introduction

September 2
Three paradigms of economics & human nature
Preface, Chapters 1 & 2 in Wilk

September 7 - September 16
Formal Neoclassical economics: Rational Choice Theory
Chapter 3 in Wilk, All of Acheson (Lobster Gangs)

September 21-23
Economists' Critiques of Neoclassical Economics
All of Ferber & Nelson on Feminist Economics

September 28- October 7
Social Economics and Marxism
Chapter 4 in Wilk, All of Kearney on Political Economy,
Chapters 1, 4 & 5 in Narotzky

October 12
Film - Ongka
=s Big Moka

October 14
MIDTERM EXAM

October 19- November 4
Cultural Economics
Chapter 5 in Wilk
All of Mauss, Chapters 2 & 3 in Narotzky

November 9
Resolving Conflicts over Human Nature
Chapter 6 in Wilk

November 11-18
The Economics of Transnationalism
All of Small, Voyages

November 30- December 2
Markets and Marketing

December 7-9
Economic Prehistory

December 18
Final Exam and all papers Due by 5 PM

Article Reading Schedule

September 7 Formal Microeconomics
1. Heath, Anthony 1976 Rational Choice and Social Exchange. Cambridge University Press. Pages 7-35, 90-101.
2. Luo, J. 1998 The Savings Behavior of Small Investors, Economic Development and Social Change 46(4)771-788.
2. Elster, J. 1986 Introduction, Rational Choice. New York University Press. pp. 1-32.

September 21-23 Economists' Critiques of Neoclassical Economics
1. Heilbronner, R. 1998 Economics by the Book. The Nation, October 20, 16-20.
2. McCloskey, Donald 1985 The Rhetoric of Economics. University of Wisconsin Press. Chapters 1 and 2, "The Poverty of Economic Modernism" and "From Methodology to Rhetoric."
3. Sen, Amatya 1978 Rational Fools: A Critique of the Behavioral Foundations of Economic Theory. In H. Harris, Scientific Models and Men. Oxford.

September 28- Social Economics and Marxism
1.Wolf, Eric 1982 Europe and the People Without History. University of California Press. pages 3-23 (chapter 1), pages 73-100 (chapter 3)
2. Dorsey, David 1994 The Force. Random House. Extracts.
3. Marx, Karl Selections from Economico-Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844.

October 19- Cultural Economics
1. Lakoff, George 1996 Moral Politics. University of Chicago Press. Chapters 3 and 4. Pp. 41-64
2. Hyde, Lewis 1982 The Gift Must Always Move. Coevolution Quarterly Fall 1982:10-30.
3. Weber, Max 1958 The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. T. Parsons, trans., New York: Scribners. (extract)

November 9 Resolving Conflicts over Human Nature
1. Polanyi, K. 1957 The Economy as Instituted Process. in K. Polanyi, C. Arensberg and H. Pearson, eds., Trade and Market in the Early Empires.} New York: Free Press.
2. Tambiah, Stanley 1990 Magic, Science, Religion, and the Scope of Rationality. Cambridge University Press. Pp. 111-130.

November 30- Markets and Marketing
1. Hodges, Richard 1988 Primitive and Peasant Markets. Basil Blackwell: London. pp. 1-33
2. Fanselow, F. 1990 The Bazaar Economy. Man 25:250-265.
3. Alexander, J. and P. Alexander 1991 What's a Fair Price? Man 26:493-512.

 

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