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ANTH 230 (Introduction to Economic Anthropology) Course Guide: Home

This guide is intended for students taking Anthropology 230 with Larry van der Est.


Welcome to the ANTH 230 course guide! This guide is intended for students enrolled in ANTH 230: Economic Anthropology.

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Suggested Keywords

When you search the library for books or articles, you will need to search using keywords. Unlike Google, our databases are not very smart and do not understand full sentences. 

To get you started, here's a list of keywords you may want to use when searching for sources:

  • "material goods" 
  • "systems of exchange" OR "market transactions" 
  • "gift giving" OR redistribution OR reciprocity 
  • "balanced reciprocity" OR "symmetrical reciprocity"
  • "Kula ring"
  • Potlatch
  • "means of production"
  • markets OR "market-based societies" OR "market exchange"
  • "Big Man"
  • "command economies" 
  • distribution
  • "social groups" OR "social status" OR politics OR power 

These are just suggestions to get you started. The best keywords to use will depend on your paper topic. 

Learning to search databases takes practice and persistence! If you get stuck, try brainstorming new keywords or trying different combinations of keywords. If you're really stuck, come see a librarian for extra help. 

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