In this course we will consider the ways in which people enact gender through culturally dependent practices. This consideration will consist in large measure of a cross-cultural examination of sex roles, sexual practices, gender identity, gender-associated divisions of labor, gender-differentiated linguistic practice, marital norms, reproductive control, and political relationships between the sexes. One recurring focus will be the ways in which the enactment of gender roles intersects with other culturally defined factors such as particular socio-economic classes. Our cross-cultural examination will be informed by studies of remarkably disparate cultures with occasionally striking differences in gender norms. We will rely primarily on ethnographic data gathered among cultural types ranging from small hunter-gatherer societies to large urban groups in industrialized societies.
Field ClassCountry: India
Day: 1 - Friday, 06 March
Look at rural development and Kerala’s holistic gender-focused development program. Students will interact with local women, learn about their daily lives, their roles and expectations of them in Indian society. Students will learn about the Kudumbasree program design to promote economic self-sufficiency among the women they meet. Academic Objectives:
- Learn about culinary practice among women in Chendamangalem.
- Examine the role of the Kudumbasree program.
- Grow to better understand some of the ways cultural norms of gender structure a society.