Scribner Seminar Program
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Capitalism: Free market societies in practice and imagination
Instructor(s): Pushkala Prasad, Management & Business
Description: What is capitalism and where is it headed? Not only do we live in a society that is held up as a model of capitalism and free market society, but the entire world seems to be increasingly enchanted with the capitalist way of life. In the midst of capitalism’s apparent unrivalled triumph, however, a chorus of critical voices also prophesies its destructive capacities and its uncertain future. Who are we to believe? Capitalism’s advocates or its detractors? What are the more lasting effects of capitalism on crucial dimensions of society including personhood, family and identity; the nature of work; the democratic process; race, gender and ethnicity; the biospheric environment and so on ? What are some of the different ways capitalism gets enacted across the globe? The seminar addresses some of this questions by drawing on a wide range of texts and case studies from multiple academic fields and sources of popular culture.