Economic and labour anthropology (2008/2009)

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Name of lecturer
Vanessa Anne Maher
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Sem. I B dal Nov 17, 2008 al Jan 18, 2009.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course will introduce the students to economic anthropology. The course also presents an approach to education and training for work which takes into consideration its cultural context , and the complex web of subjective and social meanings which turn work into a locus of political and symbolic tensions. Particular attention will be paid to the situational and emotional aspects of learning.


The course will examine,within a comparative anthropological framework, certain institutional cultures, forms of social relations and personal dependence, social perception and apprenticeship, taking into consideration three ethnographic instances: the European garment industry at the peak of its development, the Grameen Bank for microcredit in Bangla Desh,; migrants and entrepreneurs in delocalised industries between Italy and Romania.
Texts for study:
Torsello,D. Dono, scambio e favore. Fondamenti e sviluppi dell'antropologia economica, Mondadori, Milano, 2008
UNO dei seguenti libri.
Gambino F. e Sacchetto,D. Un arcipelago produttivo. Migranti e imprenditori tra Italia e Romania,Carocci, Roma, 2007
Maher, V. Tenere le fila. Sarte, sartine e cambiamento sociale 1860-1960, Rosenberg e Sellier, Torino 2007
Yunus,M. Il banchiere dei poveri,Feltrinelli, Milano, 2008 ( 2000)
Also Kottak C.P, Antropologia Culturale, McGraw-Hill, Milano, 2008( for those who have not yet passed an exam in Cultural Anthropology).

Assessment methods and criteria

For the students who regularly attend the course, the exam will consist in a written essay which will be discussed with the teacher. Non attenders will be examined orally.