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Fall 2020
May 15, 2021
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FYSE 1458 - Pyramid Schemes & Crashes
*Pyramid Schemes, Bubbles, and Crashes* In this seminar we will study the anthropology of exchange, then use it to analyze ethnographies of financial speculators, labor migrants, microcredit borrowers, and other agents and victims of global capitalism. We will focus on conflicting obligations to kin and to creditors, on how people in different cultures and social classes juggle these obligations, and how the growth of financial debt can turn social relationships into commodities. Studying debt and how it is leveraged in different societies and historical eras will show why capitalism is so vulnerable to speculative booms, swindles, and collapses. 3 hrs. sem. )
0.000 OR 1.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 1.000 Lab hours
0.000 TO 2.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Interdisciplinary Division
First-Year Seminar Program Department

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