All Our Relations? Kin, Kinship, and the Politics of Knowledge|
What can imaginations and practices of kinship teach us about our worlds, our bodies, ourselves, and our others? Everything, according to feminist anthropologists, because all "big ideas" can be found in the everyday details of how nations, communities, and peoples think, do, and regulate "relatedness." This course explores this claim in historical and cross-cultural perspective, tracing the rise of kinship studies in anthropology; feminist revisionings of kinship's intersections with gender, race, sexuality, class, and postcolonial nation-building; the impact of reproductive, cloning, and Internet technologies on how we think kin and kind; and recent extensions of kinship to our fellow animal critters and companion species.
Intercultural Literacy, Writing
Writing: Students will learn to communicate their thoughts and interpretations by writing short weekly conceptual and reading response papers. There will also be in-class writing exercises.
Intercultural Literacy: Students will read about reproduction and kinship in a variety of cultural and transnational settings.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Special Attributes: FYI|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Rayna Rapp & Faye Ginsburg, CONCEIVING THE NEW WORLD ORDER
Margaret Tranick, NOTES ON LOVE IN A TAMIL FAMILY
Amy Gottlieb, THE AFTERLIFE IS WHERE WE COME FROM
Charis Cussins, MAKING PARENTS, THE ONTOLOGICAL CHOREOGRAPHY OF REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES
Donna Haraway, THE COMPANION SPECIES MANIFESTO
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Short conceptual papers, class presentations, and final paper with ethnographic research component.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
We will also read Foucault, Marilyn Strathern, and clasic anthropologists like Levi-Strauss, Schneider, Henry Lewis Morgan, and Carol Stack.
|Instructor(s): Goslinga,Gillian Times: ..T.R.. 09:00AM-10:20AM; Location: FISK116; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 18||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 18|
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