Sunday, January 21, 2018

Week 2: Anthropology and the Study of Capitalism

This week's reading provide a synopsis of the history of capitalism in the North and South (Hart) and the recent discussions about late capitalism (Blim & Lowrey). How is capital defined in the reading by Hart and what does this definition contribute to our broader understanding of capitalism? How do Hart's examples from his own research in West Africa illustrate some key aspects of capitalism as an economic system? How do Blim and Lowrey define "late capitalism"? What are some examples of life in late capitalism?

Welcome to Situating Capitalism (Anth 4941/5941)

Hi everyone in Anth 4941/5941! Welcome to our blog site. I will be posting weekly prompts for the blog posts. Looking forward to reading your responses! Smoki

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Week 13: Migration, Remmittances, and Relations

This week's readings focus on the economics of migration--both looking at money that migrants send to one another (remittances) and the money that makes money off of migration. Thinking about the stories in the readings, how does money mediate migration? How do remittances mediate/transform/shape relations? How does love, relationships, kinship intertwine with money in these stories?

Shagbark Seed and Mill Field trip

Thanks again to those of you who joined us at the Shagbark Seed and Mill today! Feel free to post your reflections on the trip, especially regarding the various economic practices that our tour guides talked about today.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Week 12: New Money Forms (Mobile Money and Social Relations)

The focus of both sets of readings this week is mobile money as it is used in various parts of the world (Kenya, Afghanistan, India etc). Here I two questions that I'd like us to focus on in class discussions and in the blog posts: (a) How is mobile money similar and/or different to other forms of payment (cash, electronic banking, credit cards)? (b) How is mobile money used and intertwined with social networks and relations?

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Week 10: Ghosts in the Shell Game talk

Share your reflections/ thoughts on Max Woodworth's lecture on informal finance and real estate speculation in China.