Semester Schedule

August 30/ Sept. 1

Week 1: Introduction and Conceptual categories

Introduction to course and discussion of expectations Defining core concepts: the state, neoliberalism, capitalism, late-capitalism, and globalization

Film: Darwin’s Nightmare

Sept. 6/8
Week 2: Theoretical frameworks – Part 1

No class Sept. 6

Karl Marx, Capital, Vol. 1 Part 1 (chpts 1-3). Commodities and Money.
An online version is available here

Sept. 13/15
Week 3: Theoretical frameworks – Part 2

Tsing, A. 2000 “The global situation.” Cultural Anthropology 15(3): 327-360.

Comaroff, J. and J. Comaroff 2000 “Millennial Capitalism: First Thoughts on a Second Coming.” Public Culture 12(2): 291-343.

Trouillot, Michel-Rolph 2001 “The Anthropology of the State in the Age of Globalization.” Current Anthropology 42(1):125-138. Blim, Michael 2000 “Capitalisms in Late Modernity.” Annual Review of Anthropology 29:

Assignment #1 due Thursday at beginning of class:
What did you eat for breakfast? Deconstructive analysis assignment.

Sept. 20/22
Week 4: Historical and ethnographic perspectives

Wolf, E. 1982 Chapter 10 and 11 from Europe and the People Without History. Roseberry, W. 1994 “Anthropology, History and modes of production.” In Anthropologies and Histories: Essays in Culture, History, and Political Economy.

Mintz, S. – selected readings from Sweetness and Power.

Film: Inside Job, 2010, Charles Ferguson, 1:48.

Sept. 27/29
Week 5: Biocapital

Introduction, chapters 1-3. Life as Surplus: Biotechnology and Capitalism in the Neoliberal Era by Melinda Cooper

Film: Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground. Peter Klein, June 2009, USA. 20 minutes.

Recommended: Helmreich, Stefan 2008 Species of Biocapital. Science as Culture 17(4): 463-478.

Week 6: Labour and Life Sciences
Chapters 4 – end. Life as Surplus

Assignment # 2 due Thursday at beginning of class:
Anth 490 assignment 2 VEGAS

“To what will we resort when capitalism is over?” 2009 in Human Geography, by the SpaceTime Research Collective.

Oct. 11/13
Week 7: Post-colonialism, indigenous struggles and capitalism

Turner, Terence “Neoliberal Ecopolitics and Indigenous Peoples: The Kayapo, “The Rainforest Harvest,” and The Body Shop.” Yale F&S Bulletin 98.

Rata, E. 2003 “Late Capitalism and Ethnic Revivalism, ‘A New Middle Age’?” Anthropological Theory 3(1): 46-64.

Hanson, R. 2001 “An Experiment in (toxic) Indian Capitalism? The Skull Valley Goshutes, New Capitalism and Nuclear Waste.” PoLAR 24(2): 25-38.

Oct. 18/20
Week 8: Corporatizing Ethnicity

Comaroff, J. and J. Comaroff 2009 Ethnicity, Inc. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

October 25/27
Week 9: Bioscience and biological life

Dodier, Nicolas 2005 “Transnational medicine in public arenas: AIDS treatments in the South.” Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 29:285-307.

Franklin, Sarah 2006 “Embryonic Economies: The double reproductive value of stem cells.” Biosocieties 1: 71-90.

Scheper-Hughes, N. 2003 “Rotten Trade: Millennial Capitalism, Human Values and Global Justice in Organs Trafficking.” Journal of Human Rights 2(2): 197- 226.

Morris, Rosalind 2008 “Rush/Panic/Rush: Speculations on the Value of Life and Death in South Africa’s Age of AIDS.” Public Culture 20(2): 199.

Film: Dirty Pretty Things

Critical Film Review due Thursday at beginning of class.

November 1/3
Week 10: Sex, gender, globalization

Wright, Melissa W. 2004 “From Protests to Politics: Sex Work, Women’s Worth, and Ciudad Juarez Modernity.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 94(2): 369- 386.

Sawyer, Susan. 2002 “Bobbitizing Texaco: Dis-membering Corporate Capital and Re- membering the Nation in Ecuador.” Cultural Anthropology 17(2): 150-180.

Ong, Aihwa 1988 “The Production of Possession: Spirits and the Multinational Corporation in Malaysia.” American Ethnologist 15(1): 28-42.

November 8/10 Week 11: Drugs, Mining and Money in the Global Economy

Taussig, M. My Cocaine Museum

Film: Manufactured Landscapes, 2007

November 15/17
Week 12: Drugs, Mining and Money in the Global Economy continued

Taussig, M. My Cocaine Museum No class Nov. 17

(AAA Conference) but your homework assignment is to view the film: Blood and
Oil, 2008, Media Education Foundation (on hold to view in the library)

November 22/24
Week 13: The anthropology of Oil

(pick two to read)

Watts, Michael 2008 Soft machine: Notes on Oil Addiction. Human Geography 1(2): 33-41.

Watts, Michael 2004 Resource Curse?: Governmentality, Oil and Power in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. Geopolitics 9(1): 50-80.

Ferguson, James 2005 Seeing Like an Oil Company: Space, Security, and Global Capital in Neoliberal Africa. American Anthropologist 107(3): 377-382.

Bond, David! 2011 The Science of Catastrophe: Making Sense of the BP Oil Spill. Anthropology Now 3(1): 36-46.

Palinkas, L., M. Downs, J. Petterson, and J. Russell 1993 Social, Cultural and Psychological Impacts of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. Human Organization 52(1): 1-13.

Urquhart, Ian 2010 Between the Sands and a Hard Place? Aboriginal Peoples and the Oil Sands. Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies Working Paper: Energy Series.

Dyer, Christopher L., Duane A. Gill and J Steven Picou. 1992 Social Disruption and the Valdez Oil Spill: Alaskan Natives in a Natural Resource Community. Sociological Spectrum 12(2): 105-126.

Film: The Alaskan Pipeline. (Homework viewing, optional)

No class Nov. 24. Thanksgiving Weekend.

November 29/Dec. 1
Week 14: The value of death

Klima, Alan 2002 The Funeral Casino: Meditation, Massacre, and Exchange with the Dead in Thailand. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

December 6
Week 15: Fetishizing images

Klima, Alan 2002 The Funeral Casino: Meditation, Massacre, and Exchange with the Dead in Thailand. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Optional: Morris, Rosalind 2004 “Images of untranslatability in the US war on terror.” Interventions 6(3): 401-423.


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