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Smoki Musaraj
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Week 12.2 Border Economies
What are some of the border economies discussed in this article? What do the authors mean by describing the border as a "living fence"?
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Week 12.1 Migrant Networks
How are remittances and social ties intertwined in the article "Love and Money in a Korean Chinese Transnational Migration"? What is botoli "work"?
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Week 11.2 - Diverse Economies
What different purposes do the game network operators in Colombia fulfill? What are some suggestions from the authors to address some of the forms of financial exclusion that low-income urban residents in Colombia experience?
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Week 11 - Diverse Economies (1)
How do social relations play a role in the sharing economies discussed in Belk's article? What types of relations do these economies promote?
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Week 10.2 - Low Finance
What are the socio-cultural aspects of the rotating credit association (dhukuti) in Nepal? How is dhukuti an "economy of need and pleasure"?
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Week 10.1 - Ethnography of high finance
What is the culture of recruitment of Wall Street and how does it intersect with Ivy League college culture?
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Week 9.1 & 9.2 - Development and Globalization
How do Hann & Hart discuss development? What are some anthropological studies of international development models/initiatives? What is the anthropological critique of development? In Julia Elyachar's chapter, how do NGOs in Egypt challenge our ideas about h...
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Week 7.2 - Ghodsee, Shopaholic in Eastern Europe
How were consumption patterns different under the communist regime than the free-market one? How did the command economy and the rationing system work? How do these economic systems shape people's behaviors and expectations?
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Week 7.1 - In and Out of Africa
Why is African art valued differently than European/American so-called “fine art”? Why are “authentic” pieces valued more by the American/European collectors? How do we determine the “just price” for the pieces of art sold through this transnational marke...
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Week 6.2 - Value, Evil eye, Economic subjectivities
How does Elyachar discuss value in the context of workshops in Cairo? What kinds of value does she identify? How do these values affect business (according to the members of the workshop)?
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