ANTHRCUL 439 - Economic Anthropology and Development
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior standing or permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Contemporary Third World countries of Africa, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean are undergoing rapid and exciting social and economic transformation. This course introduces students to the practical and theoretical problems raised by the modernization of rural, village-based tribal and peasant economies and the urbanization and industrialization of local and national communities of the non-western world.

The FIRST PART of the course begins with a discussion of the making of the Third World economies with the overseas expansion of Europe and the creation of the world market and the international economic order. This is followed by a review of the nature of economic anthropology-its scope, basic concepts, methods of investigation and objectives-and how it relates to conventional/development economics.

The SECOND PART of the course examines anthropological (social science) perspectives on ‘development’ and ‘underdevelopment,’ ideas of ‘progress,’ ‘modernization,’ ‘industrialization,’ ‘human development,’ ‘sustainable development’ and the UN Millennium Development Goals.

The THIRD PART of the course focuses on specific country (cross-cultural) case studies of problems or topical issues of Third World development and underdevelopment: e.g., eradication of extreme poverty and hunger; gender equality and women’s empowerment; combating HIV/AIDS; ensuring environmental sustainability; debt relief; combating corruption; indigenous peoples; agriculture and rural development; global tourism; micro-finance; international migration; NGO’s and developing global partnership for development; global security; and globalization.

The course CONCLUDES with an overview of global challenges of Third World development and underdevelopment in post-cold war, post 9/11 environments. The course is recommended for anthropology concentrators and all students with serious interest in comparative cultures and Third World development and underdevelopment. Lecture/discussion format. Films and videos shown in class when available. Final grades based on three take-home papers and contributions to class discussion.

Basic texts: Lucy Mair, Anthropology and Development; and Polly Hill, Development Economics on Trial.

ANTHRCUL 439 - Economic Anthropology and Development
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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