What is “the economy”? Can it be “shut down”? Or “opened”? Does it work for everyone in the same way? The COVID-19 pandemic has us talking about and experiencing economic life in new ways. Processes once taken for granted—supply chains for toilet paper or flour; office work—are no longer certainties. Jobs that some may once have undervalued are now seen as “essential.” And the inequities of an economic system that works differently for different groups of people have been laid bare by the pandemic and further illuminated by social movements like Black Lives Matter.
Economy, Business, and Society examines “the economy” as lived by people shaped by the communities of which they are a part. The course introduces students to the field of economic anthropology, with additional emphasis upon business studies and global studies.