Columbia University in the City of New York
Columbia University School of General Studies

SOCI W3670 Culture, Markets, and Consumption 3 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: one introductory course in sociology, psychology, or anthropology is advisable, but not required. An introduction to the cultural aspects of economic sociology. Consumer preferences have social origins, and the patterns of economic self-interest depend on religion, family, the state, shared stories, and social interactions. Students will examine the meanings of money, how some rational people account for their disadvantageous financial decisions, and how social movements and shared meanings affect the emergence of different types of markets.