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The Secret of the Gift (Winter 2021)

This course is a story about returns, an attempt to invoke the notion of The Secret of the Gift into history, geography, economy, and culture. We are talking about the passage of time and the apparent passing of the gift economy from the European encounter and now into the neoliberal free market of a global world. The stories to follow are about the prices countless countries have to pay for being seduced by the gift economy. These are stories about imperialism that have been replicated in countless places all over the world.


Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): IV Term(s): Winter Offered?: Yes Language?: No

Kee Yong

Associate Professor

Prerequisite(s): ANTHROP 2F03 or permission of the instructor Antirequisite(s): ANTHROP 4B03, if taken during the Fall term in 2010