[URBANTH-L]anthropological responses to current financial meltdown

bburke at email.arizona.edu bburke at email.arizona.edu
Fri Oct 24 16:42:51 EDT 2008

There have been some great reading recommendations from the list. Thanks for

I think that one of the ways anthropologists may be able to contribute to
conversations about the crisis is by thinking about how this change in the
global economic landscape might affect individuals, households, and 
around the world. To date, talk about the crisis has focused largely on the
macro-economy and individuals within the US, and the macro-economies of other
global financial centers. But can we begin to anticipate how these changes
might "trickle down" to affect many of the people and places we study? Can we
use these projections to imagine possible responses (whether local coping
strategies, supportive government policies, or something else)?

I certainly can't at this point, though I think we might get some 
insights from
other recent economic collapses (the East Asian Crisis, the Brazilian and
Argetine crises, the recent food crisis). I would love to hear others' 
on this based on their areas of expertise.


Brian J Burke
University of Arizona
Department of Anthropology
   & Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology

International Honors Program & School for International Training
   "Rethinking Globalization: Nature, Culture, and Justice"

----- Message from suhyatt at iupui.edu ---------    Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2008
16:50:25 -0400    From: "Hyatt, Susan" <suhyatt at iupui.edu>Reply-To: "Hyatt,
Susan" <suhyatt at iupui.edu> Subject: RE: [URBANTH-L]anthropological 
responses to
current financial meltdown      To: "urbanth-l at lists.ysu.edu"
<urbanth-l at lists.ysu.edu>

> Caitlin Zaloom's book, Out of the Pits: Traders and Technology from 
> Chicago to London was published in 2006 but I believe it deals with 
> the culture of risk in an age where investing is now done through the 
> internet rather than on trading floors.  I also cannot recommend 
> enough Brett Williams' book on debt-- Debt for Sale.  It was 
> published around 2004 or 2005 but it absolutely sets the stage for 
> what is happening now.  She also has an excellent piece in this 
> current issue of North American Dialogue, available for download 
> through the SANA web site.
> Sue Hyatt
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> financial meltdown
> Hi Anke,
> Karen Ho, here at U Minnesota, is having her book published on her work
> with Wall Street traders by Duke. Unfortunately it's not out yet (she
> sent back her final draft the same day Lehman Bros. went south, and she
> is reworking her intro furiously to account for the last few weeks), but
> I believe that Duke is working to get it fast tracked because of its
> timeliness. The title is "Liquidated" (can't remember the subtitle).
> She's also just given birth and is on leave, but she is checking email
> intermittently should you want to contact her: karenho at umn.edu
> dv
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