Sex, Money, and Power: Anthropology of Intimacy and Exchange|
Spring 2013 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
This course focuses on the dense 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 combine recent ethnographic explorations of the relationships between sex/intimacy and money/commodification with interdisciplinary analysis 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?
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(CSCT)(FGSS)(SISP-Anth Conc)
Lisa Rofel, DESIRING CHINA; Ara Wilson, INTIMATE ECONOMIES OF THAILAND; Katherine Frank, G-STRINGS AND SYMPATHY; Mark Padilla, CARIBBEAN PLEASURE INDUSTRY
|Examination and Assignments: |
reading response papers; final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Readings are still under consideration; email me at email@example.com if you would like the finalized list of course texts.
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