Friday, September 14, 2018

Week 4: Forum - the Gift

Using the analysis and examples from the readings by Mauss and Zelizer, discuss the following questions: Is the gift ever free? Is money (cash, gift card, etc) a worthy gift?

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Week 3: Alternative Economies of Appalachia Fieldtrip

Describe how the initiatives we visited in Shawnee and Chesterhill Produce Auction are alternative economic models.

Week 3: The Gift

What are some of the principles of exchange in a gift economy? What does Mauss mean by the expression that the gift is a social, political, economic, religious institution?

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Week 2.2 - Formalists and substantivists

What are the main differences between the formalists and the substantivists? How do they see the relationship between economy and society?

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Week 2 - The History of the notion of "Economy"

In brief, describe how the notion of "economy" has changed over history. Use specific examples to describe what economy has meant in a particular time/context.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Week 12 & 13 - Mushroom at the end of the world

What does Tsing mean by the statement that precarity is the predominant mode of living in the contempary world (describe using examples)? How does Tsing describe the commodity chain of the matsutake mushrooms? How are different lives entangled in the accumulation and circulation of the mushrooms? What can the study of the matsutake mushroom global market tell us about the limits and unintended possibilities within the capitalist economy?

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Week 11 - Gender and Finance

Discuss how John Osburg describes the performance of masculinity by Chinese entrepreneurs (Chapter 2). How do sexuality and the market play out for women involved in the beauty economy (Chapter 5)?