SOAN 318

Women and Global Inequality

This interdisciplinary course uses a range of sources, from monographs to statistics to novels, to explore the role of gender in relation to issues of inequality, power, and production throughout the globe, with particular emphasis on countries of the Southern Hemisphere. The inquiry includes examination of women's lives in pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial periods, including the impact of and their responses to the present world debt crisis. Throughout the course, the problem of bias in anthropological, sociological, and feminist inquiry launched from countries of the Northern Hemisphere and its consequences for the study of gender in the social structure and culture of non-industrialized peoples is addressed.