Mills 169 (A26)
Monday, August 21, 2017
Available at http://anthro.rschram.org/1002/4.1
The instructions for the essay are on Blackboard and will be visible at noon under 'Assessment Information'.
The essay is due on 13 September at 4 p.m. online on Blackboard.
For this essay, you will read a supplemental article by Ping-Ann Addo (2015)1) and choose two other case studies from class readings. (One of your cases can be Ongka's Big Moka.)
In your essay you should make an argument that shows how Addo’s examples and the evidence from two other ethnographic cases provide evidence for the claim that the social force of reciprocity and interdependence determines the ways in which a community participates in the global capitalist system
You can drop in to the Writing Hub in Teachers' College for advice about writing essays and developing arguments.
These two things are sitting on my desk in my office:
What's the difference?
A worker under capitalism brings “his own hide to market and has nothing to expect but – a hiding” (Marx 1867, chap. 6).
What do you think he means by this? Buzz about this. What do you associate with the word Capitalism? Marxism? When did you first hear these words? Have you ever read the Communist Manifesto?
Let C represent a good, e.g. boots, cell phone, gum.
Let M represent money.
Marx wants to know why society moved from #1 to #2.
In developing his ideas, Mauss did not borrow directly from Marx.
At the same time, Mauss's idea of the gift can be seen as the logical opposite of the Marxist conception of the commodity:
Abranches, Maria. 2014. “Remitting Wealth, Reciprocating Health? The ‘Travel’ of the Land from Guinea-Bissau to Portugal.” American Ethnologist 41 (2): 261–75. doi:10.1111/amet.12074.
Addo, Ping-Ann. 2015. “Tongan Women and Migratory Circuits of Wealth and Value(s).” Migration, Mobility, & Displacement 1 (1): 99–111. doi:10.18357/mmd11201513530. (You can download a PDF copy of this paper on the “Assessment Information” page from the class Blackboard site.)
Marx, Karl. 1867. Capital, Vol. 1. Moscow: Progress Publishers. https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1867-c1/.