This course explores current problems and debates relating to the gendered effects of globalization. The focus will be put on the globalization of production and labor. We will elaborate how gender relations affect global production and vice versa. Moreover, we will examine the manner in which gender relations are transformed in the course of global economic restructuring and socio-economic changes. Finally, we will discuss women's political responses and strategies to overcome gender inequalities in global production. The course is conceptualized as a seminar combining reading, discussion and group work. In the first part of the seminar (2-4 pm), we will discuss the assigned readings each week. In the second part of the seminar (4-6 pm) we will form discussion groups of 3-4 in which students further elaborate on a question relating to the interrelationship between gender and global production. The questions for group discussion will be identified by the instructor. The results of the discussions will be presented by the groups in the last session of the seminar (power point presentation or film/video clip).
Acker, Joan (2004): Gender, Capitalism and Globalization. In: Critical Sociology, Vol. 30, No. 1, 17-41.
Caglar, Gülay/Prügl, Elisabeth/Zwingel, Susanne (eds.) (2013): Feminist Strategies in International Governance. London, New York: Routledge
Marchand, Marianne/Runyan, Anne Sisson (eds.) (2010): Gender and Global Restructuring. Sightings, Sites and Resistance. 2nd edition, London, New York: Routledge.