2020 Student Research Conference:
33rd Annual Student Research Conference

Political Economy: An Introduction


Jacob Q. Foster
Dr. Amy Norgard and Dr. Anton Daughters, Faculty Mentors

The analytical framework, developed in recent years by anthropologists, called Political Economy has a largely untapped potential in other disciplines. Political Economy is a model that describes different kinds of material exchange and how such trade develops and changes as societies become larger, more hierarchical, and more complex. It tracks the difference between ideologies of possession and how those ideologies influence the ways in which people relate to one another. This is a very useful model when discussing the emergence of state structures in both the recent and the ancient past. This paper seeks to communicate the model out of its anthropological literature in a manner useful to students of an undergraduate level. It is also the aim of this paper to illustrate the utility of this theory for the field of Classical Studies as an example of its interdisciplinary utility.

Keywords: Political Economy, 12 Tables, Anthropology, Classics, Interdisciplinary, Latin


Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Session: TBA
Location: TBA
Time: TBA

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