Social Anthropology of the Global Economy (2015 entry)

MA, 1 year full time/2 years part time

Subject overview

  • Anthropology at Sussex is the largest UK department that focuses solely on social anthropology, and is ranked in the top 7 anthropology departments in the UK and 4th for research impact in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • Sussex is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for anthropology in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014 and in the top 15 in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2015 and The Guardian University Guide 2015
  • The Department is located within the School of Global Studies, which brings together anthropology, development studies, geography and international relations. The School houses a number of interdisciplinary research centres.We have developed a strong tradition of socially and politically engaged anthropology that focuses on real-world issues. Our research and taught courses reflect this engaged stance. 
  • We have particular research expertise in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Europe, but also cover the Caribbean, Latin America, South-East Asia and China. Our key research themes are in the fields of economic and political anthropology, as well as in the anthropology of religion, human rights, migration, gender, reproductive health, development, science and technology. 
  • Our faculty have undertaken consultancy and commissioned work in a range of fields, including immigration and asylum, international development, reproductive rights and sexualities, bio-ethics and environmental policies. Many of our graduates find employment in these fields, within which we have strong international networks. 

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Programme outline

This MA helps you develop a critical understanding of the relationship between neoliberal capitalism and social and economic transformation around the world. The course combines theory and anthropological case studies to explore equality and inequality; the politics of labour in the global economy; relationships between wealth, power, and democracy; the global and local impacts of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and social enterprise; and new social movements for social and economic justice (including mass public protests and the Occupy movement).

Sussex is a world leader in anthropology and the anthropological study of economic life is one of the most dynamic and fast-growing areas of the discipline. As a student on this MA, you learn how to analyse and explain the complex relationship between local realities and global processes of economic transformation.

Assessment

Understanding Processes of Social Change is assessed by a 1,000-word concept note and a 4,000-word essay. Anthropology of Global Capitalism is assessed by a 2,000-word book review and a 3,000-word essay. Assessment of spring-term options varies. You also write a 10,000-word dissertation. 

Research placements

The School of Global Studies offers you support in finding a research placement, allowing you to gain experience in an area of work relating to your subject of study and to acquire practical skills in preparation for a professional career. Research placements run over a 12-week period in the summer term and vacation. If you take a research placement, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation based on your experience.

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We continue to develop and update our modules for 2015 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn term: Anthropology of Global Capitalism • Understanding Processes of Social Change. 

Spring term: you choose two of the following options (one of which can be swapped for another module in the Department of Anthropology or the School of Global Studies): Activism for Development and Social Justice • Fair Trade, Ethical Business and New Moral Economies • Knowledge, Power and Resistance • Poverty and Vulnerability in the Global Economy.

You also take a Research Methods and Professional Skills module, which provides training to prepare you for further research and a professional career. This module is delivered as a series of workshops, including one that prepares you for your dissertation. 

Summer term: you carry out work on your MA dissertation under the supervision of a member of faculty. There is also a dissertation with a placement option.

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Activism for Development and Social Justice

30 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

On this module, you will address the ways in which activists and activism have sought to engage in development and social justice. You'll explore and evaluate different approaches to activism, grounding this in theories of social mobilisation and citizenship, and will work through a series of practical examples, drawing on empirical material produced by anthropologists and others, to explore how activism has been used to address issues of development and social justice. In doing so, you will seek to build on the material introduced in previous terms on theories of social change and approaches to development and social justice, to explore how different kinds of activisms seek to bring about change.

The module will explore the contributions that imaginative, insurgent, disruptive and chaotic forms of social action have to make to development, and will cover a range of forms of collective action from the use of petitions and lobbying of representatives, to the use of the arts in "interrupting" everyday life to bring some of its elements into question, to mobilisation for protests and peaceful demonstrations, to non-violent direct action and info-activism.

Anthropology of Global Capitalism

30 credits
Autumn teaching, year 1

This module is the flagship module for our Social Anthropology of the Global Economy MA.

On this MA, you take two core modules in the autumn term; this module (Anthropology of Global Capitalism), which is unique to the Social Anthropology of the Global Economy MA programme, and the 'Understanding Processes of Social Change' module, which is also taken by our Anthropology MA students.

This module therefore represents the distinct intellectual foundation of the Social Anthropology of the Global Economy MA.

It equips you with the theoretical and historical tools and knowledge for advanced study in economic anthropology - with a focus on the anthropology of capitalism and global transformations, together with those movements and actors whose aim is to resist/change/provide alternatives to contemporary capitalist systems.

In this module, you gain a grounding in the evolving field of the anthropology of global capitalism - from its multilateral foundations in the post-war era to its present-day globalising tendencies.

You focus on key areas including:

  • the changing nature of work and labour
  • post-industrialisation and unemployment
  • the changing nature of political authority and the role of the state
  • economic rights and social justice
  • the relationship between markets and morality
  • the globalisation of finance and economic crisis
  • new social movements and alternative economies.

The module includes (but isn't limited to) the following key topics:

       Theoretical Foundations

  1. Among the economists: Anthropological approaches to economic theory and policy
  2. Understanding Markets Labour and Work
  3. On the assembly line: labouring in the global economy
  4. Gender and the neoliberal workplace
  5. The End of the Line: Post-Industrialisation and post-work Informal Economies
  6. The margins of the market: second economies and informal labour
  7. Petty capitalism and informal trade

    The New Enterprise

  8. Inclusive markets and small enterprise
  9. Bottom of the Pyramid economics & the marketization of poverty Millennial Capitalism: winners and losers?
  10. Financialisation and Crisis
  11. The 99%: Anti-capitalism and New Social Movements

Dissertation (Anthropology)

45 credits
Summer teaching, year 1

This module gives you the opportunity to undertake an independent 10,000-word dissertation under faculty supervision.

Dissertation with Placement (Global Studies)

45 credits
Summer teaching, year 1

This module is designed to allow you to apply theories and concepts, as well as practical and research skills learned during the MA programme, to a work context in the UK or internationally. It takes the form of a 12-week work placement with an organisation working in a field relevant to the degree programme, normally undertaken from May-July after assessments on other courses are completed.

Fair Trade, Ethical Business & New Moral Economies

30 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

Where and under what conditions are our T-shirts produced? How does Fair Trade impact on the livelihoods of small farmers in the Global South? Is Corporate Social Responsibility just a marketing ploy? Has ethics become only a matter of personal consumption behaviour?

This module familiarises you with discourses and practices around ethics and engagement in the global economy. It covers some of the ways in which ethics in markets, trade and global production networks are phrased and expressed in the contemporary world, and explores what sorts of mobilisations have emerged in the light of new ethical concerns. You will explore the ways in which ethical issues within the sphere of the economy have long been articulated in terms of moral economy, philanthropic giving, and relationships of patronage and dependency.  The module goes on to discusses the contemporary shift towards global trade and production networks, and the ways in which this shift has produced new ethical concerns around economic behaviour.

These concerns are increasingly (and differentially) expressed in terms of CSR, fair trade and ethical consumption. They also give rise to a series of engagements in terms of CSR interventions, ethical trade initiatives, civil society activism and critical consumption practices. You will assesses each of these initiatives from both a theoretical and an ethnographic perspective. You will also critically consider the implications of such engagements in terms of power, equality and gender, and the ways in which they emerge from and reproduce complex global interdependencies.

Knowledge, Power and Resistance

30 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

This module reflects the various ways in which power and knowledge interact within contexts of development and economic change. The module provides you with the conceptual apparatus to theorise notions of discourse, power and resistance, but also deals in depth with the historically and culturally contingent nature of the various meanings given to development, modernity and tradition, and how these in turn are linked to different forms of knowledge. As the module shows, narratives and counter narratives of development are not only produced by the developers and developees, but also by yourself and fellow students. They are also inextricable from relations of power.

Postcolonial Africa: Politics and Society

30 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

In this module, you explore theoretical debates over key postcolonial political and socio-cultural dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa.

You are encouraged to think critically about dominant representations of the sub-continent in the West particularly as these shape developmental, security and other interventions, and to assess alternative representations, such as those produced by African print media or civil society campaigns.

You are introduced, and invited, to analyse different, often conflicting accounts of postcolonial continuities and transformations.

Topics include introductions to theoretical discussion of:

  • the postcolonial state and forms of local governance
  • nationalism and ethnicity
  • conflict
  • borders
  • the politics of land and natural resources
  • processes of urbanization and reshaping of city spaces
  • mobility
  • new forms of transnational connection between Africa, Europe and China.

Each session is oriented around a different theoretical debate, but is also explored through a particular case study.
Therefore, you gain an overview of cutting edge theory, while at the same time appreciating the extent of diversity across the continent, and having the opportunity to explore primary and secondary sources on specific and topical issues.

Poverty, Vulnerability and the Global Economy

30 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

This module examines the processes of impoverishment and marginalisation of children, youth and adults in development contexts. A principle focus in on what anthropology can tell us about processes of impoverishment and marginality in development contexts – a complex and highly contextual field. By considering detailed ethnographic accounts of peoples’ everyday lives, you will also interrogate how local preferences, priorities and values can be incorporated into development policy. Throughout the module you will explore these topics with reference to the development policies and practices that have been aimed at `the poor’, as well as the wider political economies of economic transformation in the contemporary world. Focussing upon local contexts, a central premise is that people’s everyday experiences of poverty and marginality have to be situated historically, as well as in terms of the micro-dynamics of economic, social and political relations.

Research Methods and Professional Skills (Anth)

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

This module provides you with training in social science research methods (generic as well as specific to their dissertation research) as well as with a set of professional skills that prepare them for a professional career. The module is run as a series of half-day workshops from which you select 3 workshops to match their specific needs, depending on disciplinary orientation, previous training and experience, future employment plans and personal interests. The workshops will cover a wide range of topics. The social research methods workshops will include interviewing, ethnographic methods, participatory research techniques, and questionnaire design. The professional skills workshops will include, for example, stakeholder engagement, sustainable livelihoods analysis, environmental impact assessment, project planning, and private sector consulting. The professional skills will also help to prepare those students planning to take a work placement over summer. As part of the module, you will also receive a workshop on dissertation planning and design.

Understanding Processes of Social Change

30 credits
Autumn teaching, year 1

This module introduces you to classical sociological theories informing mainstream anthropological analyses of social change. You will focus on theorisations of wider processes of modernisation and change from structural, political and economic perspectives. You will consider debates concerning the effects and consequences of modernisation processes on social, political and economic realms, such as the formation of nation states, state bureaucracy and civil society; the development of markets and commoditisation of economic, social and cultural relationships. You will also reflect on recent critical approaches to the study of modernity and change as represented by theoretical trends associated to feminist theory, postmodernism, postcolonial studies and contemporary social theory. Particular attention will be paid to issues of globalisation and transnationalism; colonial and postcolonial relationships; and discursive constitution of practices and representations of modernity.

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Entry requirements

UK entrance requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in anthropology or another relevant humanities or social sciences discipline

Overseas entrance requirements

Overseas qualifications

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The following table is given as a general guide for our taught postgraduate degrees requiring a first- or upper-second class undergraduate honours degree. If you have any questions, contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

CountryOverseas qualification
Australia Bachelor (Honours) degree with second-class upper division
Brazil Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 8
Canada Bachelor degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+)
China Bachelor degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university
Cyprus Bachelor degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5
France Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13
Germany Bachelor degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better
Ghana Bachelor degree from a public university with second-class upper division
Greece Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7
Hong Kong Bachelor (Honours) degree with second-class upper division
India Bachelor degree from a leading institution with overall mark of at least 60% or equivalent
Iran Bachelor degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15
Italy Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105
Japan Bachelor degree from a leading university with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent
Malaysia Bachelor degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or B+
Mexico Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8
Nigeria Bachelor degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0
Pakistan Four-year bachelor degree, normally with a GPA of at least 3.3
Russia Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4
South Africa Bachelor (Honours) degree or Bachelor degree in Technology with an overall mark of at least 70%
Saudi Arabia Bachelor degree with an overall mark of at least 70% or CGPA 3.5/5.0 or equivalent
South Korea Bachelor degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or equivalent
Spain Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4
Taiwan Bachelor degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university
Thailand Bachelor degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent
Turkey Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university
United Arab Emirates Bachelor degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent
USA Bachelor degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university
Vietnam Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or equivalent

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English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

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Fees for studying on courses available on a part-time basis will be charged at 50 per cent of the full-time fees listed below.

Home UK/EU students: £6,060 per year1
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Faculty interests

There is a close collaboration between Anthropology, schools, departments and interdisciplinary research centres at Sussex. We have strong links with the Department of History, the School of Media, Film and Music, and Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS).

Our faculty and students are members of the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies; the Centre for World Environmental History; the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies; the Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Health and Technologies; the Africa Centre; the Asia Centre and the Sussex Centre for Migration Research.

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Dr Paul Boyce
Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development
P.Boyce@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Anthropology and Queer Theory in India, Anthropology of Sexualities, Anthropology of the Body, Applied Anthropology, Bioavailability, HIV prevention research, International Development, Intimacy, Male and Transgender Sex Work, Male Sex work in SE Africa, Psycho-social and Psychoanalytic perspectives in Anthropology, Queer and Transgender Representation, Queer Theory, Sexual and gendered subjectivities, Sexuality and Law in Nepal, Visual Anthropology and Media

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Prof Andrea Cornwall
Professor of Anthropology and International Development
A.Cornwall@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Brazil, democratisation, Empowerment, gender and development, Gender and Sexuality, Nigeria, participation, public engagement, Public health

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Prof Jane Cowan
Professor of Social Anthropology
J.Cowan@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: anthropology of gender and masculinity, Balkans, Dance Performance, Diplomacy & International Relations, Ethnography And Anthropology, Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, Greece, Human Rights, International Organization, Minority Rights, Social and political theory, Social anthropology

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Dr Dimitris Dalakoglou
Lecturer
dd94@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: (Post)socialist governance, Airports, Albania, Anthropology of Crisis, Anthropology of Europe, Anthropology of Infrastructures, Anthropology of Postsocialism, Anthropology of Roads, Athens, Balkans, City at a Time of Crisis, Collective action, crisis-scapes, Development, Europe, Far-Right violence, Financial Crisis in Greece, Flows, gentrification, global inequality, Greece, Greek Crisis, Highways, infrastructural development, infrastructure politics, material culture, migration studies, neo-poverty, neoliberalisation, neoliberalism, Police Violence, Political economy, Protest, Public Spaces, Right to the City, social development, Social transformation, Spontaneity, State of Exception, structural adjustment, Transnationalism, Transport Infrastructure, Urban Anthropology, urban development, Urban Infrastructures, urban regeneration, Violence

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Dr Geert De Neve
Reader in Social Anthropology
G.R.De-Neve@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Anthropology of Development, anthropology of South Asia, Anthropology of the Global Economy, Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Trade, India, Poverty and inequality, Social Protection, Social transformation, Tamil Nadu

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Dr Nigel Eltringham
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
N.P.Eltringham@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Africa, Conflict and violence, ethnicity, Film, Genocide, Human Rights, international criminal court, International Criminal Law, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Political violence, Post conflict reconstruction, Rwanda, Transitional justice

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Prof James Fairhead
Professor of Social Anthropology
J.R.Fairhead@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Ebola, Environmental Anthropology, Green Economy, Health, Historical Anthropology, International Development, New Guinea, West Africa

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Dr Anne-Meike Fechter
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
A.Fechter@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Aid work, Anthropology of Development, Cambodia, gender, Indonesia, Migration and Mobility, southeast asia, Transnationalism

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Prof Ralph Grillo
Emeritus Professor
R.D.Grillo@sussex.ac.uk

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Dr Elizabeth Harrison
Reader in Anthropology and International Development
E.A.Harrison@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Anthropology and ethnography, Anti-corruption, community, gender, International Development, Irrigation, Moralities, Natural Resource Management, Participation and engagement, Political anthropology, Sub-Saharan Africa, United Kingdom

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Prof Raminder Kaur Kahlon
Professor of Anthropology & Cultural Studies
R.KaurKahlon@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Aesthetics and Politics, censorship, Conflict and violence, creative arts, cultures of sustainability, diaspora, environmental movements, gender, heritage, identity-based conflict, indian cinema, migration studies, nuclear power and politics, public culture, public engagement, race and ethnicity, religion and media, Religion and ritual, South Asia, Visual Anthropology and Media, visual cultures

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Dr Pamela Kea
Senior Lecturer In Anthropology
P.J.Kea@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Adornment practices, Anthropology of West Africa, Asylum and FGM, childhood and youth, Feminist theory, gender, Home-making practices, Intimacy and transnational kinship relations, Migration and Mobility, Morality and personhood, Place and Identity, race and ethnicity, The aesthetics of migration, The household moral economy, The politics of domesticity, Trust and Entrustment, Visual and Material Culture, well-being

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Dr Evan Killick
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development
E.Killick@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Amazonia, Climate & Climate Change, Conservation, Development studies, ethnography, Friendship, indigenous peoples, International Development, Kinship, Latin America, REDD

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Dr Mark Leopold
Lecturer in Social Anthropology
M.A.Leopold@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: History

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Dr Peter Luetchford
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
P.G.Luetchford@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Coffee producers and cooperatives, Economic anthropology, ethical consumption, food politics, Latin America, Organic farming, Political anthropology, Spain, The moral economy

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Prof Magnus Marsden
Professor Of Social Anthropology
M.Marsden@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Afghanistan, Anthropology of Diplomacy, Anthropology of Islam and Muslim Societies, Anthropology of Postsocialism, Anthropology of Religion, Bazaars and Markets, Central Asia, Cosmopolitanism, globalisation, Migration and Mobility, Morality, Pakistan, Social anthropology, Tajikistan, Trade Traders and Trading Nodes, Trading Networks and Diasporas, Travel, Trust and Entrustment

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Dr Lyndsay Mclean Hilker
Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development
L.C.Mclean-Hilker@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Africa, Anthropology and ethnography, Anthropology of Development, Development Practice, DRC, ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality, gender-based violence, identity-based conflict, reconciliation, Rwanda, Social transformation, Violence, youth and violence

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Dr Jon Mitchell
Reader in Social Anthropology
J.P.Mitchell@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Alternative Spiritualities/New Religious Movements, Anthropological Controversies, Anthropology of Catholicism, Anthropology of Religion, Anthropology of Sport, Anthropology of the Body, Anthropology of the Senses, Atheism/Secularism, Darkness in El Dorado, Experiential Anthropology, Football, Human Terrain, Malta, Marathon Running, material culture, Neoliberal subjectivities, Performance, Politics of Europeanisation, Religion and Cognition, Ritual, Statues, The Impact Agenda, UK

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Prof Filippo Osella
Head of Department
F.Osella@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: anthropology of gender and masculinity, anthropology of Islam and Hinduism, anthropology of migration, anthropology of South Asia, anthropology of trade and entrepreneurship, charity & philanthropy, Economic anthropology, India, Pakistan, Persian/Arab Gulf GCC countries, Sri Lanka

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Dr Jeffrey Pratt
Reader in Social Anthropology
J.C.Pratt@sussex.ac.uk

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Dr Rebecca Prentice
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
R.J.Prentice@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Development studies, Economic anthropology, Embodiment, Ethnographic Methods, Garment industry, gender, Health, Health and Safety, Human Rights, Labour relations, labour rights, medical anthropology, Neoliberal subjectivities, precariousness, Skill and craft, West Indies

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Dr Dinah Rajak
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development
D.R.Rajak@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: anthropology of global capitalism, Anthropology of markets, Bottom of the pyramid enterprise, Conflict and resources, Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Trade, Economic anthropology, Entrepreneurship, HIV/Aids, mining and extractive industries, Moral economies, private sector development, South and Southern Africa, Transnational corporations

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Dr Anke Schwittay
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology & International Development
A.Schwittay@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: digital development, financial inclusion, humanitarian design, microfinance tourism, online microfinance, representations of development

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Prof Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner
Professor of Social & Medical Anthropology
M.Sleeboom-Faulkner@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: 'race' and class, bioethics, Chinese science & innovation policy, cultural studies of science, culture and health, East Asian cultural studies, East Asian Religions, East Asian societies, Ethnography And Anthropology, genomics and society, health governance, Healthcare Law and Ethics, higher education, human rights and reproductive health, international health policy, Nationalism, public engagement, Public health, Social anthropology, social studies of science, Stem cell biology

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Prof Roderick Stirrat
Research Professor
R.L.Stirrat@sussex.ac.uk

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Prof Maya Unnithan
Professor Of Social And Medical Anthropology
M.Unnithan@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: caste and kinship, childbirth and infertility, gender and development, health and migration, human rights and reproductive health, maternal health inequalities, reproductive technologies, Social anthropology

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Prof Ann Whitehead
Emeritus Professor
A.Whitehead@sussex.ac.uk

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Careers and profiles

This MA may appeal to you if you are working in – or planning to work in – the fields of international development (including Fair Trade and social enterprise), socially responsible business (including social impact assessment), the charity sector, trade unions, and within various activist movements for social and economic justice nationally or internationally.

Providing you with a thorough grounding in anthropological theories and methods, this MA is also excellent preparation for a PhD in Anthropology.

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School of Global Studies,
University of Sussex, Falmer,
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