While there are countless books and studies of political economy in political science, economics, sociology, and other disciplines, this course seeks to focus on the ethnographic literature on forms and formations of and under capitalism. What might be the contribution of anthropological approaches to an understanding of the mammoth (and by no means monolithic) term "capitalism" and its multiplicities of signified realities? Beginning with Marxian critiques of political economy, this course will proceed to examine the various questions which concern social, political, and symbolic aspects which emerge when examining the effects of capitalism in everyday lives. Drawing on a diverse range of ethnographic texts, contexts, both spatial (e.g. bankers on Wall Street, copper mines in central Africa, and temporal (e.g. industrial capitalism, neoliberal era, post-socialism) and perspectives, we shall attempt to gain an overview of the anthropological literature on the subject.