Magical Money and Enchanted Capitalisms|
Fall 2018 not offered
In the early days of the 20th century, Max Weber foresaw that with the rise of capitalism and modernity, the world would become increasingly disenchanted. Now, with the turn of the 21st century, people all over the world experience capitalism as a realm of enchantment. In Malaysia, ghosts possess factory workers; in South Africa, capitalism produces zombies; and in Bolivia, mines eat their miners. Instead of Weber's "iron cage," we live in a world of "voodoo economics" where Korean shamans conduct ceremonies to bless new businesses, Russian psychics curse business competitors, and prosperity theology preaches that God will make you rich. This class explores the enchantment of the financial sphere, combining theory on the disenchantment of modernity (Max Weber) and commodity fetishism (Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, William Pietz) with ethnographic accounts of how capitalism and the economy become mystified and enchanted.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)
M. Weber, THE PROTESTANT ETHIC AND THE SPIRIT OF CAPITALISM
K. Marx, ECONOMIC AND PHILOSOPHIC MANUSCRIPTS AND CAPITAL (Selections)
L. Kendall, SHAMANS, NOSTALGIAS AND THE IMF
G. Lindquist, CONJURING HOPE
Karen Ho, LIQUIDATED
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three 4-page essays, each of which to be revised once. One final 8-10 pp. essay. Readings and discussions. Additional short writing assignments.
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THIS SECTION IS A FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR (FYS) CLASS.
This course fulfills the "Thematic Approach" requirement for the Religion Department major.