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SOANĀ 366 Debt and Its Discontents

Faculty: Bylander
Content: Considers critical perspectives on (financial) debt from the perspective of sociological/anthropological research. Analyzes various forms of debt/indebtedness including how credit/debt relates to broader social institutions, its social consequences, and the links between debt and inequality. Thematic focus may include: student loans, mortgages and the mortgage crisis in the United States, microfinance and credit as a development solution, financialization, austerity and neoliberalism, international financial institutions, pawn shops and informal financial markets, and legal debt.
Prerequisites: SOAN 100 or SOAN 110. Two 200-level sociology/anthropology courses.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.