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Transnational Sexualities
ANTH 228
Fall 2008
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: FGSS 241

This course is an introduction to the ethnographic study of gender and sexuality. We will ask: How have anthropologists understood sexuality? How much does sexuality vary cross-culturally? What can an ethnographic approach to gender and sexuality tell us about power, identity, or difference--both in the contemporary U.S. and in other places and times? We will explore gender, sexual practices, sexual identities and transgendered peoples in both Western and non-Western contexts. Our reading will focus on 5 recent ethnographies of sex, gender and sexuality on, for example: transgendered prostitutes in Brazil (TRAVESTI, Kulick); "mail order" brides from China and the Philippines (ROMANCE ON A GLOBAL STAGE, Constable); Afro-Surinamese working-class women's sexuality (THE POLITICS OF PASSION, Wekker); hijra identity and community in South India (WITH RESPECT TO SEX, Reddy); fatness, beauty and desire in Niger (FEEDING DESIRE, Popenoe); Filipino gay migrants in the U.S. (GLOBAL DIVAS, Manalansan); and strip club regulars in the U.S. (G-STRINGS AND SYMPATHY, Frank). We will also read articles on ritualized "homosexual" practices in Melanesia, the transnational politics of Bollywood, samesex marriage in the U.S. and elsewhere, global sex work and sex worker's rights, and feminist debates over FGS.

Through the course we will think through the ways sexuality intersects with other social positionalities (such as class, nation and race) and with larger global phenomena (such as globalization, transnational mass media and cross-border economies, activisms and other flows). The goal of this course is to develop a critical understanding of the connections between sexuality, gender, bodies, identities, communities and cultures. To this end, we will also consider the ways that ethnographic studies of sexuality contribute to some of the key questions and debates within anthropology, such as: are some sexualities universal, or are they always culturally particular? What are the relationshyips between cultural change, globalization and tradition? How can we investigate the politics of sexuality in both cross-cultural and transnational settings?

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ANTH
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(FGSS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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