ANTH 334

Gifts and Commodities: The Construction of Value in Social Life

Prerequisites: Two ANTH courses, at least one of which is at the 200-level or above. How do objects, such as gifts, money, commodities, art and aesthetic products, become “valued?” How do exchanges of valued objects shape relationships among people? The place of value and exchange in everyday life is examined through classic statements (for example by Marx, Mauss, and Simmel), and also in selected ethnographies. Offered alternate years. III.O

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