When thinking about gender, anthropologists have found that the seemingly neutral categories of male/female, man/woman, and masculine/feminine take on very different social, cultural, and even "biological" meanings from one cultural environment to another. In this course, we will examine the many different ways that gender and sexuality have been constructed in specific cultural and historical contexts and how these categories have been analyzed by anthropologists. Readings and class discussion will be based on a broad range of case studies back grounded by key theoretical contributions to the anthropological study of gender and sexuality. The course will address key issues such as essentialism, constructivism, universalism, difference, the role of gender within cultural and national identities, the construction of normative or "compulsory" sexualities, gendered bodies and performance, as well as the intersections between gender, race, ethnicity, and class historically and across the globe.
COURSE FORMAT: Lecture/Discussion
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ANTH Grading Mode: Graded
Prerequisites: NONE Links to Web Resources For This Course.
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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