CANCELLED; Markets, Power, and Global Cities

Course content

This course focuses on the intersections of capital, power, and market activity in global cities, including Copenhagen, Berlin, London, New York City, Chicago, Tokyo, and Mumbai.

Specifically we explore the interrelationship between the production of labor markets and subjects at the top and bottom of the economy in global cities: for example, male dominated transnational professional labor markets in finance and technology; feminized lower wage markets in clerical, service and factory work. We do so by thinking through the political, economic, and cultural impact of larger contemporary and historical processes: globalization and urbanism; capitalism and neoliberalism; migration and debt; environmentalism and climate change; technology and societal transformation.

Particular emphasis will be on the technological revolution including the digitalization of 21st century banking and the rise of FinTech; the growth of migration, job supply, and survival circuits; the emergence of sustainable forms of business and consumption; and the formation of transnational professional networks and institutions.

We will approach all of these issues through a range of critical essays, histories and ethnographies.  Examples of anthropological scholars read: Arjun Appadurai; Carla Freeman; and Bill Maurer.

Learning outcome


  • At the end of the course students are expected to be able to describe and reflect upon anthropological knowledge, theories and methodologies regarding the globalization of markets and the rise of global cities; the relationship between capitalism and neoliberalism; and various analytic understandings of forms of power and difference.


  • At the end of the course students are expected to be able describe the central problems in the course literature in relation to the empirical content of the reading.

  • Be able to identify and choose particular methods, such as using multi-sited fieldwork, to study and analyze different kinds of global markets and cities.


  • At the end of the course students must be able to independently carry out anthropological (ethnographic) scholarship on markets, power and global cities.

  • Be able to apply theories and methods regarding globalization, markets and global cities to practical situations in business and the labor market.

BSc students: 500 pages obligatory literature.

MSc students: 500 pages obligatory literature + 200 pages of literature chosen by students. Literature chosen by students must be relevant to the course’s subject matter.

Course literature will be available via Absalon

The course also serves as a part of the specialised track in Business and Organisational Anthropology.

to be announced.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination
Essay length: 21,600–26,400 keystrokes for an individual submission. 6,750–8,250 keystrokes per extra member for group submissions. The maximum number of students who can write an essay in a group is four.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

See description of learning outcome.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 85
  • Exam
  • 80
  • English
  • 207