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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Spring 2007

ANS 378 • Senior Seminar in Asian Studies-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30625 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
WCH 4.118

Course Description

This multidisciplinary senior seminar examines the histories, politics, economics, and cultures of consumption in modern Asia. In our readings, we will address a number of inter-related themes and questions including the processes of consumer identity formation; gender and consumption; the politics and sociology of consumer activism; government policies toward consumers; relations between consumers and producers; and the logic of national savings campaigns. Our perspective will be comparative: how do the consuming populations of Asia differ from one another and from their counterparts in the West? What, finally, do their experiences tell us about the broader cultures, societies, and political economies of these countries?

Although this course emphasizes the countries of East Asia, we will devote two weeks to readings on South Asia. Students are also welcome to do their research papers on a South Asian country.

Grading Policy

2 book reviews (4-5 pages each, total 20%) Research paper (10 pages, 35%) Take-home exam (5 pages, 20%) Participation in class discussions (10%) In-class research paper presentation (15%)


Lizabeth Cohen, A Consumer's Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America (Vintage, 2003) Sheldon Garon and Patricia L. Maclachlan, eds., The Ambivalent Consumer: Questioning Consumption in East Asia and the West (Cornell University Press, 2006) Laura Nelson, Measured Excess: Status, Gender and Consumer Nationalism in South Korea (Columbia University Press, 2000) Karl Gerth, China Made: Consumer Culture and the Creation of a Nation Harvard University Press, 2004) Piya Chatterjee, A Time for Tea: Women, Labor, and Post-Colonial Politics on an Indian Plantation (Duke University Press, 2001)


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