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Sex, Money, and Power: Anthropology of Intimacy and Exchange

ANTH 203
Fall 2014
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: FGSS 223
Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory
Course Cluster: Queer Studies

This course focuses on the exchanges between money and sex/intimacy in various cultural and historical contexts, from the normalized arrangement of sex/money in marriage to the stigmatized arrangement of sex/money in sex work. We will read recent ethnographic explorations of the relationships between sex/intimacy and money/commodification, alongside interdisciplinary analyses of capitalism, globalization, and neoliberalism. Case studies will be drawn from sex work and tourism; marketing and pornography; reproduction, domestic labor, transnational adoption; marriage; class and sexual lifestyle; labor and carework; the global market in organs and body parts; outsourced surrogacy; sex stores and commodities; and sexual activism and identity politics. Throughout, we will ask, How do practices or bodies gain value? How are intimacies--sexual and social--commoditized? Who benefits from such arrangements, and who does not? And, finally, how are transnational flows complicating relationships between sex and money in a variety of sites?
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ANTH
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(CSCT)(FGSS)(HRAD-MN)(STS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%

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