Readings

[W] = Walley, Christine J. Exit Zero: Family and Class in Postindustrial Chicago. University of Chicago Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780226871806. [Preview with Google Books]

[P] = Park, Lisa Sun-Hee. Consuming Citizenship: Children of Asian Immigrant Entrepreneurs. Stanford University Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780804752480.

SES # TOPICS READINGS
1 Introduction to the study of family, gender and sexuality No readings assigned
Part I: Family And Gender As Social-Economic Institutions
2 Gender acquisition: Learning (and unlearning) the “facts of life”

Diener, Marissa. “Gift from the Gods: A Balinese Guide to Early Child Rearing.” Chapter 4 in A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for Seven Societies. Edited by Judy DeLoache and Alma Gottlieb. Cambridge University Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780521664752. [Preview with Google Books]

Le, Huynh-Nhu. “Never Leave Your Little One Alone: Raising an Ifaluk Child.” Chapter 8 in A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for Seven Societies. Edited by Judy DeLoache and Alma Gottlieb. Cambridge University Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780521664752. [Preview with Google Books]

Thorne, Barrie. “Children and Gender: Constructions of Difference.” In Theoretical Perspectives on Sexual Difference. Edited by Deborah L. Rhode. Yale University Press, 1992. ISBN: 9780300052251.

3 Arranged marriage, ascribed status, inheritance and gendered divisions of labor in pastoral and agrarian societies

Abu-Lughod, Lila. “Preface.” In Writing Women’s Worlds: Bedouin Stories. University of California Press, 1993. ISBN: 9780520083042.

———. “Patrilineality.” Chapter 1 in Writing Women’s Worlds: Bedouin Stories. University of California Press, 1993. ISBN: 9780520083042. [Preview with Google Books]

Friedl, Ernestine. “The Position of Women: Appearance and Reality.” Anthropological Quarterly 40, no. 3 (1967): 97–108.

4 Gender, agency, and virtue

Kandiyoti, Deniz. “Bargaining with Patriarchy.” Gender & Society 2, no. 3 (1988): 274–90.

Paxson, Heather. “Family Planning, Human Nature, and the Ethical Subject of Sex in Urban Greece.” In Sex in Development: Science, Sexuality, and Morality in Global Perspective. Edited by Vincanne Adams and Stacy Leigh Pigg. Duke University Press Books, 2005. ISBN: 9780822334910. [Preview with Google Books]

5 Chosen marriage, achieved status, and gendered divisions of labor in wage labor societies

Chua, Amy. “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior,” Wall Street Journal, January 8, 2011.

Collier, Jane F. “From Mary to Modern Woman: The Material Basis of Marianismo and Its Transformation in a Spanish Village.” American Ethnologist 13, no. 1 (1986): 100–107.

Kolbert, Elizabeth. “America’s Top Parent: What’s Behind the ‘Tiger Mother’ Craze?The New Yorker, January 31, 2011.

6 Social reproduction: Reproducing formal and informal class relations

Grose, Jessica. “Why Do I Think My Salary Pays for Child Care?,” New York Times, April 16, 2013.

How Many Households are Like Yours?,” New York Times, June 17, 2011.

Rapp, Rayna. “Family and Class in Contemporary America: Notes Toward an Understanding of Ideology.” Chapter 10 in Rethinking the Family: Some Feminist Questions. Edited by Barrie Thorne with Marilyn Yalom. Northeastern, 1992. ISBN: 9781555531454.

7 The racial and gendered economy of social reproduction

Glenn, Evelyn Nakano. “From Servitude to Service Work: Historical Continuities in the Racial Division of Paid Reproductive Labor.” Chapter 26 in Unequal Sisters: An Inclusive Reader in U.S. Women’s History. 4th edition. Edited by Vicki L. Ruiz with Ellen Carol DuBois. Routledge, 2007. ISBN: 9780415958417.

Lane, Carrie M. “Man Enough to Let My Wife Support Me: How Changing Models of Career and Gender are Reshaping the Experience of Unemployment.” American Ethnologist 36, no. 4 (2009): 681–92.

Miller, Claire Cain. “Millennial Men Aren’t the Dads They Thought They Would Be,” New York Times, July 30, 2015.

8 Family, class and social mobility in the U.S. (1)

[W] “Introduction.”

[W] Chapter 1: A World of Iron and Steel: A Family Album.

[W] Chapter 2: It All Came Tumbling Down: My Father and the Demise of Chicago’s Steel Industry.

9 Family, class and social mobility in the U.S. (2)

[W] Chapter 3: Places Beyond.

[W] “Conclusion: From the Grave to the Cradle.”

10 Immigration, dislocation and legal limbo

[P] Chapter 1: Consumptive Citizenship.

[P] Chapter 2: Minding the Family Store.

[P] Chapter 3: Searching for a “Normal Family.”

11 Consumption and social citizenship

[P] Chapter 4: The Business in Children’s Lives.

[P] Chapter 5: The American Narrative of Asian Immigration.

[P] Chapter 6: Consumption Fantasies of Upward Mobility.

[P] Chapter 7: Consumption, Democracy, and the Good Immigrant.

12 Rethinking the meaning(s) of love

Coe, Cati. “What is Love? The Materiality of Care in Ghanaian Transnational Families.” International Migration 49, no. 6 (2011): 7–24.

Kwon, June Hee. “The Work of Waiting: Love and Money in Korean Chinese Transnational Migration.” Cultural Anthropology 30, no. 3 (2015): 477–500.

13 Searching for a happily ever after? Constable, Nicole, ed. “A Tale of Two Marriages: International Matchmaking and Gendered Mobility.” Chapter 9 in Cross-Border Marriages: Gender and Mobility in Transnational Asia. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004. ISBN: 9780812218916.
Part II: Sex, Sexuality, Reproduction And Kinship
14 Marriage and heteronormativity

Bowe, John. “Gay Donor or Gay Dad?,” New York Times, November 19, 2006.

Davis, Maxine. “The Importance of Sexual Harmony.” Chapter 2 in The Sexual Responsibility of Women. William Heinemann Medical Books, 1957. ISBN: 9780434179022.

Hugh Hefner’s inaugural editorial statement. Playboy, December 1953.

Katz, Jonathan Ned. “The Invention of Heterosexuality.” (PDF) Socialist Review 20, no. 1 (1990): 7–33.

Rich, Adrienne. “Compulsory Heterosexuality and the Lesbian Continuum.” In Women-Sex and Sexuality. Edited by Catharine R. Stimpson and Ethel Spector Person. University of Chicago Press, 1980. ISBN: 9780226774763.

15 The history and role of birth control

Gordon, Linda. “Voluntary Motherhood: The Beginnings of the Birth-Control Movement.” Chapter 5 in Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: Birth Control in America. Penguin Books, 1990. ISBN: 9780140131277.

———. “Social Purity and Eugenics.” Chapter 6 in Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: Birth Control in America. Penguin Books, 1990. ISBN: 9780140131277.

Roberts, Dorothy. “The Dark Side of Birth Control.” Chapter 2 in Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty. Vintage, 1998. ISBN: 9780679758693.

16 Is “the family” a cultural universal?

Collier, Jane, Michelle Rosaldo, et al. “Is There a Family? New Anthropological Views.” Chapter 2 in Rethinking the Family: Some Feminist Questions. Edited by Barrie Thorne with Marilyn Yalom. Northeastern, 1992. ISBN: 9781555531454.

Hart, C.W.M., Arnold R. Pilling, et al. “Tiwi Marriage.” Chapter 1 in The Tiwi of North Australia. 3rd edition. Cengage Learning, 1987. ISBN: 9780030120190.

Kleinfield, N. R. “Baby Makes Four, and Complications,” New York Times, June 19, 2011.

Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion on marriage equality (read prologue + pp. 1–22):

Obergefell et al. v. Hodges, Director, Ohio Department of Health, et al., No. 14–556. (PDF) Argued April 28, 2015 – Decided June 26, 2015.

17 De-essentializing motherhood

Landsman, Gail. “Real Motherhood,' Class, and Children with Disabilities.” Chapter 6 in Ideologies and Technologies of Motherhood: Race, Class, Sexuality, Nationalism. Edited by France Winndance Twine and Helena Ragoné. Routledge, 2000. ISBN: 9780415921107.

Pelka, Suzanne. “Observing Multiple Mothering: A Case Study of Childrearing in a U.S. Lesbian-Led Family.” Ethos 38, no. 4 (2010): 422–40.

Scheper-Hughes, Nancy. “Lifeboat Ethics: Mother Love and Child Death in Northeast Brazil.” Chapter 5 in The Gender / Sexuality Reader: Culture, History, Political Economy. Edited by Roger N. Lancaster and Micaela di Leonardo. Routledge, 1997. ISBN: 9780415910057. [Preview with Google Books]

18 Not all happily ever after: Anger, violence & harm

Read two of the following

Snell-Rood, Claire. “Marital Distress and the Failure to Eat: The Expressive Dimensions of Feeding, Eating, and Self-care in Urban South Asia.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly 29, no. 3 (2015): 316–33.

Van Vleet, Krista E. “The Intimacies of Power: Rethinking Violence and Affinity in the Bolivian Andes.” American Ethnologist 29, no. 3 (2002): 567–601.

Wardlow, Holly. “Anger, Economy, and Female Agency: Problematizing ‘Prostitution’ and ‘Sex Work’ among the Huli of Papua New Guinea.” Signs 29, no. 4 (2004): 1017–40.

19 Making families, making citizens

Kanaaneh, Rhoda A. “Conceiving Difference: Birthing the Palestinian Nation in the Galilee.” Critical Public Health 7, no. 3–4 (1997): 64–79.

Kim, Eleana. “Our Adoptee, Our Alien: Transnational Adoptees as Specters of Foreignness and Family in South Korea.” Anthropological Quarterly 80, no. 2 (2007): 497–531.

20 The problem of childlessness, the problem of ‘familylessness’

Collard, Chantal, and Shireen Kashmeri. “Embryo Adoption: Emergent Forms of Siblingship among Snowflakes® Families.” American Ethnologist 38, no. 2 (2011): 307–22.

Inhorn, Marcia. “Missing Motherhood: Infertility, Technology, and Poverty in Egyptian Women’s Lives.” Chapter 5 in Ideologies and Technologies of Motherhood: Race, Class, Sexuality, Nationalism. Edited by France Winndance Twine and Helena Ragoné. Routledge, 2000. ISBN: 9780415921107.

Paxson, Heather. “Reproduction as Spiritual Kin Work: Orthodoxy, IVF, and the Moral Economy of Motherhood in Greece.” Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 30, no. 4 (2007): 481–505.

21 Infertility, secrecy and silence

Allison, Jill. “Conceiving Silence: Infertility as Discursive Contradiction in Ireland.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly 25, no. 1 (2011): 1–21.

Becker, Gay. “Deciding Whether to Tell Children about Donor Insemination: An Unresolved Question in the United States.” Chapter 6 in Infertility around the Globe: New Thinking on Childlessness, Gender, and Reproductive Technologies. Edited by Marcia C. Inhorn and Frank van Balen. University of California Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780520231375. [Preview with Google Books]

22 The labor of reproduction: Surrogacy

Pande, Amrita. “Commercial Surrogacy in India: Manufacturing a Perfect Mother-Worker.” Signs 35, no. 4 (2010): 969–92.

Teman, Elly. “Embodying Surrogate Motherhood: Pregnancy as a Dyadic Body-project.” Body and Society 15, no. 3 (2009): 47–69.

23 Reproductive rights, redux

Ginsburg, Faye. “Procreation Stories: Reproduction, Nurturance, and Procreation in Life Narratives of Abortion Activists.” American Ethnologist 14, no. 4 (1987): 623–36.

The Editorial Board. “The Reproductive Rights Rollback of 2015,” New York Times, December 19, 2015.

Society for Medical Anthropology Council on Anthropology Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR) Policy Statement. “The Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR) Opposes Legislation that Creates Barriers to Safe Abortion Care.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly 30, no. 1 (2015).

24 Where to go next: “Having it all,” or reframing the question?

Miller, Claire Cain, and David Streitfeld. “Big Leaps for Parental Leave, if Workers Actually Take It,” New York Times, September 1, 2015.

Moravcsik, Andrew. “Why I Put My Wife’s Career First.” The Atlantic, October 2015.

Pedulla, David S., and Sarah Thébaud. “Can We Finish the Revolution? Gender, Work-Family Ideals, and Institutional Constraint.” American Sociological Review 80, no. 1 (2015): 116–39.

Slaughter, Anne-Marie. “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” The Atlantic, July / August 2012.

25 Student presentations No readings assigned
26 Student presentations (cont.) No readings assigned

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