Organizer. Curriculum Innovations. December 15, 2011 - December 15, 2011

Curriculum Innovations

Curriculum Innovations ; This course introduces students to some of the debates relating to the current financial crisis—both within and beyond the field of finance itself. Combining media accounts (the NYTimes Deal Book and Wall Street Journal) with scholarly critiques of the current structures for money making—the resort to speculation, the dissolution of wage labor (what Denning calls “wageless life”), and the emergence of a world of radical inequality—this course is primarily committed to theorizing the culture of capitalism in the early 21st Century. Readings will cover a fairly significant historical period beginning with Braudel’s description of early Spanish mercantilism, Poovey’s history of the rise of accounting, the emergence of Atlantic capitalism more generally, and a significant and growing body of literature in the anthropology of finance whose focus ranges from addressing derivatives and the culture of circulation to the ethnography of Wall Street. The larger inter-disciplinary framework for the course encompasses inter-related fields of inquiry including anthropology, cultural geography, and political economy.

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  • Organizer


  • December 15, 2011

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  • Curriculum Innovations