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ANTH 2100 6.0: GLOBAL CAPITALISM , CULTURE AND CONFLICT

ANTH 2100 6.0: GLOBAL CAPITALISM , CULTURE AND CONFLICT

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AP/ANTH 2100 6.00

GLOBAL CAPITALISM , CULTURE AND CONFLICT

Course Director: Prof. J. Fulton-Melanson - fultonjs@yorku.ca

This course analyzes social and cultural forms of global capitalism. Through an anthropological lens, we will explore and critique colonial histories as a fuel for globalization and what forms of conflict have risen as a result. The curriculum focuses on a critical examination of the social, political, and economic consequences of the production and circulation of global commodities, and how conflict affects a person’s sensorium in different local contexts. We will frame the social navigation of markets and conflict through a politics of solidarity and of resistance, while critiquing victimization and allowing for the agency of individuals across the globe. We will gain insight into how the local and the global are interconnected through capitalism by exploring various topics such as migration, religion, racism, xenophobia, and nationalism. Through local issues, we will consider the various forms of conflict that arise resulting from the social injustices embedded in capitalism. A detailed reading of ethnographic texts covering case studies and issues will form the basis of active engagement, discussion, and debates. In this course, you will gain an understanding of how people navigate the consequences of production, consumption, and conflict.

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