Gender Politics: State, Economy and Family

Term: Spring 2009

Subject Code: GPOL

Course Number: 6499

Gender is a social position occupied by men and women and an attribute of social structures including the sexual division of labor, normative heterosexuality, and war and militarism. In this course, we will explore these institutions and ideologies of gender and how they vary across societies. The focus will be primarily on how the state and labor market interact with family roles and relationships to uphold the sexual division of labor. We�ll study these processes in advanced welfare states such as the U.S. and Japan, socialist societies such as Cuba and China, and developing countries such as Brazil and Mexico. Some experience with gender or feminist theory is desirable but not required.


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