Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Anthropology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Spring 2019

Taught By: Janet Roitman

Section: A

CRN: 3819

Credits: 4

Can we imagine life without money? And why would we want to imagine life without money? In this seminar we will examine the ways that coins, cash, currencies, and commodities mediate interactions between human beings. We will study various ethnographies relating to many parts of the world so as to better understand the histories and meanings of money, or how money can be understood as an economic and cultural practice. What forms does money take? What distinguishes barter from exchange, gifts from commodities, official monies from alternative monies? And why do we make such distinctions? To answer these questions, we will study the history of money forms as well as the history of anthropological thought about money in its different forms. This seminar aims to give critical consideration to the ways in which money has been understood by both local communities and anthropologists. This course satisfies requirements in Reading or Doing. Permission of the Instructor is required for students outside of the Lang Division.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Anthropology (LANT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 22

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:45pm 5/24/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1001

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/9/2019