This course focuses on the centrality of gender as a factor structuring, ultimately, all social relations. By looking at gender roles in a variety of cultures as influenced by racial and social-class situations, this course exposes how gender becomes naturalized in different cultures but especially in the global north. The course will explore:
• relationships between men and women, men and men, women and women,
as personal and sexual relations, within the household, the labour market, the state
• how gender relations and practices are performed in different cultures
• the role of gender in processes of social transformation
• gender and power
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Donnan, H. and F. Magowan 2010 The Anthropology of Sex. London: Berg.
Butler, J. 1993. Bodies that Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex. New York: Routledge.
Fausto-Sterling, A. 2000. Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality. New York: Basic Books.
Eugenides, J. 2002. Middlesex. Picador.
Foucault, M. 1978 The History of Sexuality.
Moore, H. 1988. Feminism and Anthropology. Cambridge: Polity