SOC 394K • FEMINIST THEORY
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
This seminar, broadly titled Feminist Theory, addresses feminist writings that we'd perhaps want as structuring influences on our academic work. There are two purposes to this seminar - Conceptualizing social categories, such as the state, citizenship, nationalism, globalization and so forth from a feminist perspective; and - Rethinking research from a feminist standpoint. Readings are organized along thematic lines; as anyone can see, the themes introduced are not exhaustive. Participants in this seminar will note that not all the readings listed below are by women; moreover, the readings are not organized along racial lines, or national lines. Through class discussions, we will untangle the racial/ class/ national specificities of these works, contextualizing them in their own specific histories. As you go through this reading list you will also see large gaps; for example I do not have anything of substance by Latin American/ Latina, Asian American, or Arab/ Arab American feminists. The list that you see below reflects my own intellectual trajectories. It also reflects my geographical bias; I know more about the sociologies and political economies of these regions and feel more confident in placing the readings in a larger context. I encourage you throughout the semester to share with me readings that you think are relevant. By the end of the semester I will compile a reading list given by you, and distribute it to the class.