Syllabus/achievement requirements

Course materials are comprised of books, a compilation of texts (compendium) and online articles.

You can buy the required books from Akademika Blindern bookstore, or  purchase through online booksellers such as Required books can also be borrowed from the University Library (provided the item is held).

"Kopiutsalget” on the lower level of Akademika Blindern bookstore, sells course materials such as compendia. You will be required to show your UiO student ID and semester card prior to your transaction. If course material is out of stock, please contact the department asap in the semester in order for us to re-order.

If you are away from campus and want to access online articles with UiO subscription, you can use UiO Network services


@ Hann, Chris and Keith Hart (2011): Economic anthropology. Cambridge: Polity; 1 edition (March 28, 2011). Paperback: 208 pages.

@ Holmes, Seth M. (2013): Fresh Fruit; Broken Bodies. Migrant Farmworkers in the United States. Oakland: University of California Press. Pages: 202


Barth, Fredrik: “Economic Spheres in Darfur”, pp 149-174 in R. Firth (ed.) Themes in Economic Anthropology. ASA monographs 6. London Tavistock Publications, 1967 (20 pages). 

Bloch, Maurice and Jonathan Parry: "Introduction: Money and the Morality of Exchange", pp 455-487 in Thomas Hylland Eriksen (ed.):  Sosialantropologiske grunntekster. Oslo: Ad Notam Gyldendal, 1996 (33 pages).

Dolan, Catherine): "Arbitrating risk through moral values: the case of Kenyan fairtrade", pp. 271-296 in Geert De Neve, Luetchford Peter, Jeffrey Pratt, Donald C. Wood (ed.) Hidden Hands in the Market: Ethnographies of Fair Trade, Ethical Consumption, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Research in Economic Anthropology, Volume 28. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2008 (25 pages).

Friedman, Milton, and Rose Friedman. “The Power of the Market”, pp. 9-37 in Free to Choose: A Personal Statement. San Diego: Mariner Books, 1990 [1980] (28 pages).

Harvey, David. “Freedom’s just another Word…” pp 5-39 (chapter one) of A Brief History of Neoliberalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005 (34 pages).

Malinowski, Bronislaw: "The Essentials of the Kula" pp 81-104 in B. Malinowski: Argonauts of the Western Pacific. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1961[1922]  (24 pages).

Mauss, Marcel: Chapter 1 (pp 10-23) and Chapter 4 (pp 83-107) of The Gift. The form and reason for exchange in archaic societies. London/New York: Routledge classics, 2002 [1950].

Meyer, Birgit: "Commodities and the Power of Prayer: Pentecostalist Attitudes towards Consumption in Contemporary Ghana" pp 247-267 in (ed.) Xavier J. and R. Rosaldo: The Anthropology of Globalization, 2002. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Ltd., 2002 (24 pages).

Scott, James C. 1977. “The Economics and Sociology of the Subsistence Ethic.” The Moral Economy of the Peasant: Rebellion and Subsistence in Southeast Asia, Yale University Press, pp. 13–34. 

Taussig, Michael. 1980. “The Devil and Commodity Fetishism”, chapter two in The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America. Chapel Hill. University of North Carolina Press. 27 pages.

Weiner Annette, 1977. ”Women of Value, Men of Renown”, In: Women of Value, Men of Renown: New Perspectives in Trobriand Exchange, chapter 10., pp. 227-237, Texas University Press.

Online articles

Appel, Hannah (2012) "Offshore work: Oil, modularity, and the how of capitalism in Eqatorial Guinea", American Ethnologist, Vol. 39, No. 4, 2012, pp. 692–709 (17 pages). 

Caldeira, Teresa: "Fortified Enclaves: The New Urban Segregation", Public Culture, 8 (2), 1966, pp 303-328 (25 pages).  

Ferguson, James: "Declarations of dependence; Labour, welfare and personhood in Southern Africa", JRAI, 19, 2013, pp 223-242 (19 pages). 

Ferry, Elizabeth. 2005. Geologies of power: Value transformations of mineral specimens from Guanajuato, Mexico. American Ethnologist, Vol, 32 (3):420-436. 

Graeber, David. 2011. Consumption. Current Anthropology, 52(4): 489-511.  

Gregory, C. 1982. "The Competing Theories" (chapter one) of Gifts and Commodities. London. Academic Press. 14 pages. 

Hutchinson, Sharon. “The Cattle of Money and the Cattle of Girls among the Nuer, 1930-83.” American Ethnologist,,19 (2), 1992, pp 294–316 (22 pages). 

Martin, Keir. 2018. Wage‐labour and a double separation in Papua New Guinea and beyond”, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 24 (S1):89-101. 

Miller, Daniel and Sophie Woodward: A Manifesto for the Study of Denim. UCL Anthropology

Muehlebach Andrea, 2012. ”Ethical citizenship as relational labour” in chapter 7 of The moral neoliberal: Welfare and citizenship in Italy, pp. 209-215, Chicago University Press. 

Ong, Aihwa 1988. "The Production of Possession: Spirits and the Multinational Corporation in Malaysia", American Ethnologist 15 (1) 28-41 (14 pages). 

Peebles, Gustav “The arts of scientific money: Monetary policy as moral policy”, chapter two in The Euro and its rivals: Currency and the construction of a transnational city, 2011. Indiana University Press, pp 39-69. (30 pages) 

Polanyi, Karl (1944 [2001]: The Great Transformation. Boston: Beacon Press: Kap. 4, 5 og 6. E-book

Rakopoulos, Theodoros. 2017. "Antimafia families: Cooperative work and flexible kinship in Sicily". Critique of Anthropology 36(2): 115-131. 

Roseberry, William. 1996. The rise of Yuppie coffees and the reimagination of class in the United States. American Anthropologist, 98(4):762-775. 

Taussig, M. 1980. "The Devil and Commodity Fetishism" (chapter two) of The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America. Chapel Hill. University of North Carolina Press. 27 pages.

Thompson, E. P. (1971): "The Moral Economy of the English Crowd in the Eighteenth Century”, Past & Present 50: 76-136. 

Tsing, Anna: "Sorting out commodities. How capitalist value is made through gifts", HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 2013, 3(1):21-43. 

Zaloom, Caitlin: "The Productive Life of Risk", Cultural Anthropology, 2004, 19 (3) 365-391 (26 sider). 

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