- Code ANTH2065
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Anthropology
- Areas of interest Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Economics, Finance
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
How can we understand the gendered tropes that suffuse our financial system, from the wolves of Wall Street and their double-breasted banker suits to the scandalous promiscuity of money? What are their historical grounds, processes of transformation, and contingent alignments? This course offers an anthropological and interdisciplinary examination of sex, gender, and economic life at their intersection. We read ethnography and social theory to explore the economic dimensions of gender and sex as they are experienced and organized within financial systems and the institutions that make them work. Simultaneously, we question how key aspects of “economy” (especially money, corporations, and finance) are themselves sexed and gendered in theory and practice. Topics include kinship and exchange; social reproduction; cultures of Wall Street; financial labor; money and social relations; nature and biotechnology.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify and discuss the political economy of sex/gender
systems and their intersection with regimes of labor, exchange, and finance.
- Draw upon and analyze major schools of anthropological
and social theory to make arguments about financial systems and their gender
- Interpret ethnographic material and evaluate the research
methods and contributions to anthropology in writing.
- Identify major issues within financial practice and
reflect on its use in areas of social life including work, kinship, gender,
morality, mobility, and globalization.
- Develop an in-depth analysis of a topic in gender and finance using ethnographic sources, media, and archives.
Participation, 10% [learning outcome 1]
Response papers, 20% (4 papers, 5% each), 400 words, [LO 2,3]
Ethnography practicums, 20% (2 assignments, 10% each), 500 words [LO 2,3]
10 minute tutorial presentation, 10% [LO 1,4]
Final writing project, 40%. 2,000 words [LO 4,5]
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A 2 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study each teaching week of the semester (total 130 hours).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsReadings will be indicated on the Wattle course site.
- Macpherson, Sandra. "Rent to Own; or, What's Entailed
in Pride and Prejudice." Representations 82.1 (2003): 1-23.
- Chamberlain, Shannon. “The Economics of Jane Austen,” The Atlantic, August 2014, online: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/08/the-economics-of-jane-austen/375486/
Readings for the course will include selected book chapters
and articles from current ethnographies, social theory, media studies, and
journalist accounts of the financial system. For example:
- Kelly, Patty. Lydia’s Open Door: Inside Mexico’s Most
Modern Brothel. Berkeley CA: University of California Press (2008).
- Engels, Frederick. The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State. New York: International Publishers (1975).
- La Berge, Leigh Claire. "The Men Who Make the
Killings: American Psycho, Financial Masculinity, and 1980s Financial Print
Culture." Studies in American Fiction 37.2 (2010): 273-296.
- Roose, Kevin. Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-crash Recruits. Hachette Digital, Inc., 2014.
Recommended introductory course ANTH1002
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