Anthropology of Corporations
BFS Sector I
Modern business corporations can be characterized as having their own internal cultures, more or less distinct from one another. They also exist within encompassing cultures and cultural flows. At the same time, corporations are producers and disseminators, and thus have effects on their surrounding environments, effects that extend from the local to the global.
This course examines modern corporations from these three perspectives through theoretical and ethnographic readings, guest speakers from the corporate world, and independent research conducted by the students. Course requirements include student presentations of their research and readings; one or more take-home exams; and a final research paper.
Globalization and Health
ANTH 273-401, Cross Listed with: HSOC-239
BFS Sector I
In some parts of the world spending on healthcare is astronomical. In others, people struggle to survive amid new and reemerging epidemics and have little or no access to basic or life-saving therapies. Treatments for infectious diseases that disproportionately affect the world’s poor remain under-researched and global health disparities are increasing.
This interdisciplinary seminar integrates perspectives from the social and biomedical sciences to explore 1) the development and global flows of medical technologies; 2) how individual and group health is affected by medical technologies, public policy, and the forces of globalization as each of these affects local worlds. The seminar is structured around specific case materials from around the world (Haiti, South Africa, Brazil, Russia, China, India, for example), each demonstrating how social and technological forces—increasingly global in nature—can influence biomedical processes and disease outcomes and their distribution.
As we analyze each case and gain familiarity with ethnographic methods, we will ask how more effective interventions can be formulated. The course draws from ethnographic and historical writings, medical journals, ethical analyses, and films, and familiarizes students with critical debates on globalization and its local responses.