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Mills 169 (A26)
Monday, August 20, 2018
Available at http://anthro.rschram.org/1002/4.1
The instructions for the essay are on Canvas and are visible now under 'Assignments'.
The essay is due on 14 September at 4 p.m. online on Canvas.
For this essay, you will read a supplemental article by Lynne Milgram (2018) 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 Milgram’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:
Marx, Karl. 1867. Capital, Vol. 1. Moscow: Progress Publishers. https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1867-c1/.
Milgram, B. Lynne. 2008. “Activating Frontier Livelihoods: Women And The Transnational Secondhand Clothing Trade Between Hong Kong And The Philippines.” Urban Anthropology 37 (1): 5–47. (You can download a copy of this paper from the class Canvas site on the Assignments page.)