ANTHRCUL 539 - Consumption and Materiality
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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This graduate seminar provides an overview of the most salient issues for understanding consumption in anthropological research today, focusing on material culture theory and a materially-grounded semiotics. There is little 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, infrastructure studies and environmentalism.

Readings to be discussed will provide theoretical grounding in basic issues and questions, linking local practices via material goods (production and consumption) 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 and 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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001 (SEM)
10Graduate Standing
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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