The Political Economy of Women in the Modern United States|
Spring 2010 not offered
This course in United States political history explores women's theoretical and strategic interventions in political culture from the consolidation of the industrial economy in 1918 to the postindustrial 21st century. Addressing historical questions of critical importance to women as individual workers and citizens, and in their relationship to men and domesticity, we will discuss the conditions under which race, gender norms, nationality, and class consciousness affected the political and economic status of women over the course of the 20th century. Topics will include gender equity and civil rights; the rise of the welfare state; resistance to violence; contests over the meaning and content of feminism; the relationship of women to nationalism, internationalism and colonialism; separatism; and critiques of patriarchy.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FGSS)
Anzaldua, Glorida, LA FRONTERA/BORDERLANDS
Critchlow, Donald, PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY AND GRASSROOTS CONSERVATISM
Engels, Friedrich, ORIGINS OF THE FAMILY, PRIVATE PROPERTY AND THE STATE
Espiritu, Yen Le, ASIAN-AMERICAN WOMEN AND MEN
Kessler-Harris, Alice, IN PURSUIT OF EQUITY
McKinnon, Catherine, TOWARD A FEMINIST THEORY OF THE STATE
Orleck, Annelise, STORMING CAESAR'S PALACE
Skocpol, Theda, PROTECTING SOLDIERS AND MOTHERS
Solanas, Valeria, SCUM MANIFESTO
Smith, Andrea, CONQUEST
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two 5-7 pp. papers; oral presentation; take-home final.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
With permission of the instructor, students may substitute a research paper for the two short papers, providing that they agree to share their research with the class in an extra oral presentation at the end of the semester. This paper could fulfill the research requirement in history, or prepare the student for a thesis the following year. This course may be counted in the gender and history concentration.