This course explores the history and contemporary practice of feminist anthropology. As a form of inquiry at the intersection of Anthropology and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, it asks how the inclusion of women (as both subjects and researchers) has influenced anthropological knowledge production; and how the cross-cultural imperative of anthropology has influenced understandings of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability. We will read texts highlighting key anthropological debates about women and culture, race and gender, followed by more recent, full-length ethnographies. We will explore the contributions of feminist anthropologists to scholarly praxis. We will analyze how gender categories are constructed and contested in various geographic, political, and cultural contexts. We will examine how anthropologists represent gender as negotiated in relation to family, race, nation, sexuality, and ability; religious beliefs and practices; processes of political economy; and notions of femininity and masculinity. This lecture course will include in-class discussions that emphasize deep engagement with the assigned texts and the debates they are part of.
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