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F&ES 877 01 (23546) /ANTH561
Anthropology of the Global Economy for Development and Conservation
Carol Carpenter
Th 2.30-5.20 KRN 202
Spring 2013 
 
3 credits. This seminar explores topics in the anthropology of the global economy that are relevant to development and conservation policy and practice. Anthropologists are often assumed to focus on micro- or local-level research, and thus to have limited usefulness in the contemporary, global world of development and conservation policy. In fact, however, they have been examining global topics since at least the 1980s, and little current anthropological research is limited to the village level. More importantly, the anthropological perspective on the global economy is unique and important. This course examines the topics that make up this perspective, including how the rural, third-world household engages with the global economy (and how we understand the hybrid and multiple aspects of contemporary household economies); how the gendered division of labor and power over the allocation of labor plays out when migrant labor is added to the picture; how microcredit (the primary development solution to poverty) differs from traditional savings associations, and its variable effects across cultures; how capitalism dis-embedded economy from society, producing an "immoral" economy (and the history of theories of the moral economy); how property rights and the efforts to retain them shape indigenous livelihoods and the division of labor, as parks and private property claim land; how "nature" is commoditized, and how this creates poverty as well as the degradation of natural resources; and finally, what the capitalist frontier in the third world looks like, and how it reshapes landscapes and societies.
Readings for the course come from the subfields of environmental anthropology, economic anthropology, the anthropology of development, and the anthropology of gender. No prerequisites. Three hours lecture/seminar.