All Our Relations? Kinship and the Politics of Knowledge|
Fall 2011 not offered
What can imaginations and practices of kinship teach us about our worlds, our bodies, ourselves, and others? Everything, according to feminist anthropologists, because all "big ideas" can be found in the everyday details of how peoples, communities, and nations think, do, and regulate "relatedness." This course explores this claim in historical and cross-cultural perspective, tracing the rise of kinship studies in anthropology; feminist revisionings of kinship's intersections with gender, race, sexuality, class, and nation-building; and how reproductive, cloning, and Internet technologies are today reconfiguring imaginations of kin and kind. We'll also discuss imaginations of cross-species kinship with our fellow animal critters and companion species.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Interpretation: Students will be asked to reflect critically about fundamental assumptions about persons, bodies, and relatedness.
Intercultural Literacy: Students will read about reproduction and kinship in a variety of cultural and transnational settings.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Sarah Franklin & Susan McKinnon, RELATIVE VALUES, ISBN 0822327961, 9780822327967
Margaret Trawick, NOTES ON LOVE IN A TAMIL FAMILY, ISBN 0520078942, 9780520078949
Amy Gottlieb, THE AFTERLIFE IS WHERE WE COME FROM, ISBN 0226305015, 9780226305011
Donna Haraway, THE COMPANION SPECIES MANIFESTO ISBN 0971757585, 9780971757585
|Examination and Assignments: |
Students will be asked to write short commentaries/questions, an analytical midterm essay and a final research project. There may be in-class writing and participatory assignments as well.