Race/Ethnicity, Class and Gender (MA lecture)

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Race/Ethnicity, Class and Gender (MA lecture)


Annus Iren

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American Seminar Room


Tue 8-10

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This course critically examines contemporary theories on the intersection of class, race/ethnicity and gender relations. We will discuss the major theoretical works on the interplay of ethnicity, race, class, gender and sexual orientation with a particular attention to how dominant ideologies of femininity come to be problematized and explained within the particular frameworks. At the same time, we will also explore if and how far the various models marginalize or naturalize alternative approaches. This course will challenge students to critically reflect on issues of economic inequality, racial/ethnic oppression, and their effects on gender distinctions in US and UK society.



1. Feb 7. Introduction: Identities in the making


2. Feb 14. Gender and sexuality 1. Constructions through the body

R: Witting, Monique. “One is not born a woman (1980).” In: Abelove, Henry et al. (eds). The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader. New York: Routledge, 1993, 103-109.


R: Somerville, Siobhan. “Scientific Racism and the Emergence of the Homosexual Body.” Journal of the History of Sexuality 5 (1994), 243-66.



3. Feb 21. Gender and sexuality 2. From the family to the nation

R: Collins, Patricia Hill. “It’s All in the Family: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Nation.” Hypatia 13:3 (Summer 1998), 62-82. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3810699

R: Joseph, Miranda. “Family Affairs: The Discourse of Global/Localization.” In: Cruz-Malave, Arnaldo and Martin F. Manalansan (eds). Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism. New York: NYU Press, 2002, 71-99.


4. Feb 28. Gender and sexuality 3. Differences in womanhood and sexuality

R: King, Katie. “’There are no lesbians here’: Lesbianisms, Feminisms, and Global Gay Formations.” In: Cruz-Malave, Arnaldo and Martin F. Manalansan (eds). Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism. New York: NYU Press, 2002, 33-48. https://www.bc.edu/content/dam/files/schools/cas_sites/sociology/pdf/QueerGlobalizations.pdf


5. March 7. Race and ethnicity 1. Constructions and practices

R: hooks, bell. “Racism and Feminism: The Issue of Accountability.” In: Ain't I a Woman? Black Women and Feminism. London: Pluto, 1982, 119-158.



6. March 14. Race and ethnicity 2. Experiencing of race and racism

R: Anzaldua, Gloria. “La Conciencia de la Mestiza: Toward a New Consciousness.” In: Borderland/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. San Francisco: Spinsters, 1987, 77-91. https://sites.oxy.edu/ron/msi/05/texts/anzaldua-mestizaconsciousness.pdf

R: Brah, Avtar. “Diaspora, Border and Transnational Identities. In: Cartographies of Diaspora: Contesting Identities.” New York: Routledge, 1996, 178-208. SAVED


7. March 22. Race and ethnicity 3. Tensions within the borders

R: Okin, Susan Moller. “Feminism and Multiculturalism: Some Tensions.” Ethics, 108:4 (July 1998), 661-684. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/233846


8. April 4. Class 1. Theorizing class and gender problems

R: Hartmann, Heidi. “The Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism: Towards a More Progressive Union.” In: Jaggar, Alison and Paula Rothenberg (eds). Feminist Frameworks. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1979, 172-189.



9. April 11. Class 2. The constitution of class

R: Skeggs, Beverley. “Making Class through Fragmenting Culture. In: Problematizing Identity: Everyday Struggles in Language, Culture and Education. New York: Routledge, 2008, 35-50. SAVED


10. April 18. Class 3. Multiple positionings within the nation

R: Judit Durst, Anna Fejos and Zsanna Nyiro. “'I always felt the odd one out': Work-life balance among graduate Romani women in Hungary.” Acta Ethnographica Hungarica 59:1 (2014), 165-190. http://www.akademiai.com/doi/pdf/10.1556/AEthn.59.2014.1.8


11. April 25. Theorizations on oppression 1. Social hierarchies at work

R: Lorde, Audre. “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house (1983).” In: Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. Berkeley, CA: Crossing Press, 1984, 110-114.


R: Collins, Patricia Hill. "Toward a New Vision: Race, Class and Gender as Categories of Analysis and Connection." Race, Gender & Class 1:1 (1993), 25-45. http://www.jstor.org/stable/41680038


12. May 2. Theorizations on oppression 2. Intersectionality

R: Crenshaw, Kimberlé Williams. “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color.” Stanford Law Review 43 (July 1991), 1241-1299.


R: Yuval-Davis, Nira. “Intersectionality and Feminist Politics.” European Journal of Women's Studies 13:3 (2006), 193-209. https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00571274/document


13.May 9. Understanding the glocal 1. Practices of power

V: Brah, Avtar. “Multiple Formations of Power: Articulations of Diaspora and Intersectionality.” Stockholm: Stockholm University, 2012. Video lecture. Available:




14. May 16. Understanding the glocal 2. Changing ideoscapes

R: Mohanty, Chandra Talpade. “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses.” Feminist Review 30 (Autumn 1980), 61-88. http://n.ereserve.fiu.edu/010007490-1.pdf

R: Alvarez, Sonia E. “Translating the Global: Effects of Transnational Organizing on Local Feminist Discourses and Practices in Latin America.” Meridians 1:1 (2000), 29–67. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40338427



Requirements to get the grade

Students will have to take a written final exam in order to earn a grade. Class attendance is a prerequisite for the final: students who missed over 3 classes will not be allowed to take the final exam and will receive a failing grade.

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