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Market Life: Wealth and Poverty in Global Capitalism (SO9B4-20)

What is living in global capitalism like? How do markets affect and inform everyday life?

On this module you’ll explore daily life in capitalist societies. You’ll examine how ordinary people understand, engage in and produce different kinds of markets as workers, consumers and citizens. And you’ll consider the everyday ethics of these market practices. This ethics affects extreme questions (should there be a market in body parts?), mundane questions (how do couples share resources?) and those of contemporary political relevance (how are different kinds of work valued?). You’ll look at extremes of wealth and poverty, as well as asking how money is understood and managed in ‘ordinary’ and ‘average’ ways of living, as we shop for treats or sign up for online dating.

The focus will be on the present day, and you will be encouraged to bring in readings and insights from any country or region of interest to you: the set readings will explore research from Asia, Europe, South America and the US. You will draw on the theoretical insights and research programme of economic sociology (New Economic Sociology, feminist economics and STS in particular), and on literatures that provide insight into ethics, bodies and emotion.

Module Director

Lynne Pettinger

Timing and CATS

This module will run in the Autumn Termof the 2016/17 academic year, and is worth 20 CATS