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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Spring 2009

SOC 395G • READINGS IN GENDER & SEXUALITY

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45910
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Williams

Course Description

This course is designed to provide a forum for discussion of recently published works in the sociology of gender and sexuality. It begins, however, with an overview of five major theoretical approaches used in the sociology of gender/sexuality. They are: psychoanalytic theory; interactional theories; hegemonic masculinity; "standpoint" theory; and queer theory. Sociologists agree that sexuality and gender are social constructions (and not innate drives or predispositions). But the major theoretical approaches attend to different mechanisms involved in the formation and reproduction of gender and sexuality. They also vary in the degree that they incorporate non-white and non-western sensibilities into their analytic agendas. But all provide important concepts used in contemporary research in sex and gender. After this theoretical overview, we turn to a focus on new research in the field. Readings are organized into three main topics: The first section, on gender and sexual education, we will read books on high school culture (Pascoe) and on sexuality education in middle schools (Fields). In the second section, on cultural resistance, we will read a book on girls' cultural resistance (Wilkins) and view a film on Hip Hop and Black Masculinity. The final section examines gender, sexuality, and work. Our readings focus on LGBT rights in social movement organizations (Ward); prostitution (Bernstein); and sex tourism (Padilla). After this theoretical overview, we turn to a focus on new research in the field. Readings are organized into three main topics: The first section, on gender and sexual identities, includes books on girls' cultural resistance (Wilkins) and gay mens subcultures (Hennen). In the second section, on gender and sexual education, we will read books on high school culture (Pascoe) and on sexuality education in middle schools (Fields). I have also assigned a film on Hip Hop and Black Masculinity. The final section examines social change. Our readings focus on the reproductive rights movement (Nelson); gay and lesbian movements (Stein); and the movement for transgender rights (Rudacille).

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