ANTHRCUL 298 - Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Transborder Trade: Anthropological Perspectives
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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How do systems of production and consumption connect us to the rest of the world? How do they disconnect us? What kinds of transnational social justice make sense given the messiness of global capitalism? In this class in socio-cultural anthropology, we will begin with the presumption that terms like "business," “supply chain logistics,” “commodities,” and "markets" are not purely technical or bureaucratic. Instead, we will learn how anthropological methods—especially immersive fieldwork and ethnographic writing—reveal the social lives, human and nonhuman labors, and environments animating these categories.

Classic works on food, such as sugar, coffee, cotton, and bananas, will serve as our foundational texts. To challenge our understanding of what makes something “tradable” in the first place, however, we will also turn to more unusual items that pass through our shores: human organs, exotic animals, secondhand clothing, plastic waste, and many more. Our goal in the class is two-fold: to use anthropological perspectives to understand the everyday workings of global inequality, and to propose more meaningful ways to use transnational relationships to effect social change and sustainability across geographic difference.

This course is designed to appeal to students from multiple disciplinary backgrounds. No prior background in anthropology is required.

Class Format:

We will have biweekly sessions that incorporate lecture and discussion components, and that require students’ participation. Assessment for this course will include posts on Perusall, writing assignments, and an oral exam. All students in this course will require a computer.


ANTHRCUL 298 - Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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