ANTHRCUL 298 - Topics in Cultural Anthropology
Section: 201 Made in Thailand, Maid in the USA: Women and Labor in an Era of Globalization
Term: SU 2008
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Traditionally, much of women’s labor has either been unpaid or self-employed (for example, as market vendors or stall operators). But in recent decades, a rapidly growing number of women across the globe are entering the world of low-wage work — in factories, stores, nursing homes, and as nannies and housecleaners.

In this course, we will examine some of the forces that are propelling greater numbers of women into the wage-labor market as well as the social and cultural consequences of their presence there. We will analyze how the upsurge of women entering into wage-labor is twinned with economic and technological transformations occurring across the globe that are associated with modernization. As capitalist economic arrangements encroach into more and more aspects of social life, as the production of goods and services is orchestrated across ever-expanding transnational circuits, and as the search for economic opportunity results in the increased movements of people across the globe, women’s entrance into the labor force is both a response to these changing conditions as well as a phenomenon profoundly shaped by them. Are these changes losses or gains? For whom?

This course will draw on a variety of readings and films from anthropologists, sociologists, and journalists and explore these issues within a range of contexts in different parts of the world, including the United States, Thailand, Morocco and Mexico. The class will be a mix of discussion, classroom exercises, and short lectures. Students will be evaluated based on attendance, class participation, informal reaction papers, an in-class presentation, and a final paper. There are no prerequisites for this class.

ANTHRCUL 298 - Topics in Cultural Anthropology
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201 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 4:00PM
202 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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