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

Fall 2009

SOC 394K • FEMINIST THEORY

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46735 TH
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
BUR 480
RUDRAPPA

Course Description

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.

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