Intersectionality and Its Discontents|
Spring 2017 not offered
This course will serve as an introduction to the concept of intersectionality as a mode of theory, method, and political practice that emerged out of women of color (particularly black feminist) scholarship and activism. We will examine its origins as a theoretical framework within critical legal studies and critical race theory and how this framework traveled to, and is used within, sociology and other disciplines. In examining its theoretical use, we will also investigate intersectionality as a methodological practice, as well as the ways in which it has been used to analyze and understand multiple forms of interlocking oppressions and identities including class, sexual identity, and disability, as well as race and gender. This course will also address critiques of intersectionality that have emerged within and outside of feminist theory. Throughout the course, we will pay special attention to the sociopolitical climates in which intersectionality emerged, as well as its current usage in social media, popular culture, and grass-roots activism. In this vein, we will be able to ground our discussions of intersectionality within debates around social change/mobility, activism, and social movements both past and present.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SOC)
*No required text book. List of selected readings below:
Combahee River Collective, COMBAHEE RIVER COLLECTIVE STATEMENT
Kimberlé Crenshaw, DEMARGINALIZING THE INTERSECTION OF RACE AND SEX
Kimberlé Crenshaw, MAPPING THE MARGINS: INTERSECTIONALITY, IDENTITY POLITICS, AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN OF COLOR
Audre Lorde, RACE, CLASS, AND SEX: WOMEN REDEFINING DIFFERENCE
Julie Bettie, WOMEN WITHOUT CLASS: CHICAS, CHOLAS, TRASH AND THE PRESENCE/ABSENCE OF CLASS IDENTITY
Erevelles & Minear, UNSPEAKABLE OFFENSES: UNTANGLING RACE AND DISABILITY IN DISCOURSES OF INTERSECTIONALITY
Sirma Bilge, DEVELOPING INTERSECTIONAL SOLIDARITIES: A PLEA FOR QUEER INTERSECTIONALITY
Jennifer Nash, RETHINKING INTERSECTIONALITY
Jasbir Puar, I WOULD RATHER BE A CYBORG THAN A GODDESS
Mark Fisher, EXITING THE VAMPIRE CASTLE
|Examination and Assignments: |
Final Paper (30% of total grade).
Weekly Response Papers (20% of total grade).
Two Take-Home Essay Exams: 20% each (40% of total grade).
Class Participation and Attendance (10% of total grade).
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