Globalization has transformed the way we live. The world is experiencing an unprecedented interaction of people, ideas, images, and things that continues to intensify. Communication technologies link people instantaneously across the globe. Economic activities challenge national boundaries. People are on the move within and between countries. The complexities of the global economy and the connections it facilitates among people, states, and corporations reveal both the potential to create links and to divide, giving rise and expression to imbalances and inequalities. How do people make life choices in this complex web of constraints and opportunities? What are the dynamics by which differential access to resources and opportunities is determined within societies and between them? Has the world become homogenized or do societies and cultures continue to differ in significant ways? What are the structures within which power is negotiated, and what are the factors that shaped them historically and in the present? Through ethnographies reflecting anthropology’s unique research strategies, analytical methodologies, deep commitment to the project of cross-cultural understanding and engagement in attempts to make the world a better place, we will explore the animating forces of today’s world—globalization, democratization/authoritarianism, capitalism, migration, social movements, as they shape the constraints and opportunities open to citizens of specific countries and communities.
Delivery Method: Hybrid in-person and remote, with faculty in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
T/F 2:10PM - 4:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years
Categories: All courses , Anthropology , Hybrid In-Person and Remote