The Anthropology of Globalization

This course takes a critical look at globalization, both as a concept we use to understand the current moment, and as a characteristic of the moment itself - how people respond to, and create, contemporary changes. We will pay particular attention to global markets and the flow of people, goods, and ideas; neoliberalism and the rise of nonstate agencies; the work of the imagination; the apparent contrasts between “the global” and “local” knowledge; and the place of intimacy in world-wide change.

Goals: Students will develop a critical apparatus for understanding references to globalization, and will be able to discuss examples of globalization as complex, with multiple, often contradictory, dimensions.