This class surveys how market forces have both shaped institutionalized religion(s) and have also been shaped by institutionalized religion(s). Religion has often been studied and portrayed as either extremely hostile toward economic concerns and practices or radically fundamental to such concerns and practices. In this class, students will think of a middle way between these extremes and investigate ways religious and economic forces are intertwined in premodern and modern contexts. Learning old and new theories pertaining to the economics of religion, students will take a deep dive into three case studies from around the world to deploy the theories. (Offered every other year.) Prerequisite: 1 course in Religion or consent of the instructor
4 credits
Upper Division