This week’s class was kind of all over the map as we touched on economic anthropology in the form of the unforgettable “Ongka’s Big Moka” and a short discussion of capitalism. Now’s your chance to have a say on the subject – whether its concerns the topic of symbolic exchange such as gift giving or market exchanges such as the ordinary purchases you make everyday.
Write about something you saw in the video, a question raised by the lecture that remains unresolved, or a point from the reading that you’d like to see addressed. After all we didn’t even get to touch on the important role of trade in helping establish the first civilizations around the third millenium BC.
What do you think the anthropological perspective has to offer the study of economics?