Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Department of Anthropology
G. G. Weix
Christopher Muste, Gregory R. Campbell
Coins, Community, Debt, Economic Value, Gift, Habitus, Money, Mutual Aid, Social Solidarity, Social Structures, Barter, Structuring Structures
University of Montana
Debt structures all relationships in America as well as all of our economic material exchanges. Historically debt has always been seen thus with our religious texts being written both in the terminology of the metaphysical and the economical combining them together in an attempt to understand the social and economic systems that individuals live in. At the core of the social and economic systems is community. In America the myth of the gift is a dominant catalyst that uses debt to make community through time. In order to study the structure of debt within America I will be using an anthropological approach, specifically a method of inquiry called “Anthropology of the Contemporary” in order to build a frame work that will assist in understanding the American community, and the cultural conceptions of debt.
Becker, James A., "Debt Structure in the West: Money and Gift, and the Influence on Community" (2011). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 293.
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