Middlebury

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. )
Subject:
First Year Seminar
Department:
First-Year Seminar Program
Division:
Interdisciplinary
Requirements Fulfilled:
CMP CW SOC

Sections

Fall 2017

FYSE1458A-F17 Seminar (Stoll)

Fall 2016

FYSE1458A-F16 Seminar (Stoll)

Fall 2015

FYSE1458A-F15 Seminar (Stoll)