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An introduction to the anthropological understanding of money, drawing on contemporary case studies from Indigenous (often non-cash) societies, globalising industrial societies, and classical ethnographies of money.
This paper illustrates that money is a profoundly cultural phenomenon, mediated by
social, political and ideological forms that embody gendered practices of human agency
and constraint, exchange, payment and consumption. As such the anthropology of money
and its use says much about time, risk, faith, morality, trust and rationality. Exploring
the cultural logics of money provides a critical perspective on the modern corporation,
the power of numbers and their calculations, and the cross-cultural interpretation
This paper begins by exploring the relationship between money and culture. This is then complemented with classic ethnographic studies of money and its juxtaposition between 'tradition' and 'modernity' and the displacement of 'special purpose money' by the 'great transformation'. We then turn our attention to stock markets, trading and traders, time, risk and its calculability, finance and the state, and the relationship between money and crime and money and gender, class, and development.
|Paper title||Anthropology of Money|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$929.55|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- 18 200-level ANTH points or 108 points
- Schedule C
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- Paper Structure
- Tutorial participation (10%)
- Essay 1 (25%)
- Essay 2 (25%)
- In-class test (40%)
- Teaching Arrangements
Lectures and tutorials
Internal class test
Entirely internally assessed - no exam
Textbooks are not required for this paper. All readings are available online through the University of Otago eReserve.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will
- Have an ability to use 'problem-based learning' skills to critically assess data, evidence and argument
- Deepen skills in critical reading and interpreting diverse information, data, arguments and media
- Further improve writing skills that demonstrate an ability to make concise arguments and reinforce these with an appropriate selection of ethnographic and empirical evidence and a critical interpretation of that data