ANTHRCUL 539 - Consumption and Materiality
Winter 2017, Section 001
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Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Consumption and Materiality --- This course is designed to provide an overview of some of the most salient issues for understanding consumption in anthropological research today, focusing primarily on material culture theory and a materially-grounded semiotics. Although consumption was once a marginalized topic in anthropology, it has become difficult to conceive of anthropological research that can avoid engagement with commodified material cultures and related economies, networks, cultural meanings and social organizations. The study of "consumption" carries on under various rubrics, from studies of material culture and commercial media, to commodity chain analyses, biopolitics and environmentalism. The readings to be discussed will provide theoretical grounding in basic issues and questions, linking local practices via material goods to wider political economies. Topics to be covered include: commodity and gift exchange; the question of value; class, distinction and the racialization of class; advertising, branding & commercial cultural production; politics of consumer aesthetics; the relationship of goods and states; ethics and cause marketing. Throughout, we will attend to the centrality of the body in consumption practices.


ANTHRCUL 539 - Consumption and Materiality
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13Graduate Standing
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM

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