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Queer/Anthropology: Ethnographic Approaches to Queer Studies

ANTH 398
Spring 2021
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: FGSS 398
Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate, Queer Studies

What are the many ways in which queerness obtains meaning across cultures? What does it mean to have a queer relationship to one's world? Queer/Anthropology traces the history and present state of ethnographic studies of queerness, defined here as non-heteronormative sexualities and gender embodiments. We examine the way in which heteronormativity is established as integral to hegemonic order and the manner in which it functions within Western armchair ethnographic studies and sexology of the early 20th century. We look at the binary system as a mode of organization and the way in which anthropological studies of sexuality and gender have nearly always challenged the presumed universality of these modes. We read contemporary ethnographic work in order to compare and contrast different cultures' usage of sexuality and gendered categories in relation to various contexts, such as colonialism, race/racism, capitalist and non-capitalist economic and political systems, cosmology/religion, and regionality/place.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ANTH
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ANTH)(CSCT)(FGSS)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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