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Department of Anthropology

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Follow the Thing: Global Commodities & Environment

Anthropology 3613 - Fall 2020

Who picked your strawberries? Is your produce still "local" if the hands that harvested it traveled thousands of miles to do the job? This course re-examines the root causes of global and local environmental problems we read about every day, with an emphasis on historical and contemporary drivers of human migration. Topics include the production and consumption of 'natural' resources, politics of migration and agriculture, and the cross-border commodification of human labor and the environment. Anthropology is historically associated with the study of "remote" societies and "exotic" places often imagined as having little everyday connection with the rest of the world. This course will challenge you to reconsider the meanings of "global" and "local" by introducing new social scientific approaches to studying the key problems that have connected (and dis-connected) diverse human populations throughout the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries: growing disparities in material wealth, natural resource depletion, energy over-consumption, inequitable access to care, and beyond.
Course Attributes: EN SBU HumBU BAAS LCDAS SSCFA SSCAR SSC

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Follow the Thing: Global Commodities & Environment
INSTRUCTOR: Murray
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