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ANTHROPOLOGY

ANTH-439
Culture, History, Power, Place (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Examination of a particular culture area to provide insight into the conditions that produced distinctive cultures in certain geographical regions. Rotating culture areas include North American Indians, Latin America, Mexico and Central America, African American women, India, Africa, China, and Japan. Meets with ANTH-639. Usually offered every term.

ANTH-439
001
ANTHROPOLOGY
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Culture, History, Power, Place (3)

Female Masculinity

Evidence of female masculinity appears in all human societies. Rather than viewing female masculinity as imitations of male-masculine practices, this course uses Judith Halberstam's (1998) suggestion: masculinity is not owned by men, to create explanations for female masculinity that emphasize female agency within social and historical constraints. Along with certain "classic" ethnographic examples, students consider how local understandings of female masculinity are being reshaped/destabilized by the effects of global sex tourism, economic development programs, agendas for fertility/family planning, projects of forced religious conversion, ethnic cleansing and displacement, and national language planning and literacy campaigns. Meets with ANTH-639 001, WGSS-496 001, and WGSS-696 001.