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 Block Seminar on "Gender, Globalization, and Inequality" 

Submitted by Stefan Schubert, MA on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 20:30

The Centre for Area Studies at the University of Leipzig is offering a blockseminar by American sociologist Sandra Hanson in April and May 2012. Students of American studies who are interested in participating in the seminar are invited to apply via e-mail to Dr. Victoria Reinhardt (gs@uni-leipzig.de). The seminar will take place from April 18 to May 10 at HSG 17. Please see the below course description for further details.


Gender, Globalization, and Inequality: A Comparative Perspective

Lecturer: Sandra Hanson

Time: 18 April, 9-11am; 19 April, 9am-1pm; 25 April, 9am-1pm; 26 April, 9am-1pm;
2 May, 9am-1pm; 3 May, 9am-1pm; 9 May, 9am-1pm; 10 May, 9-11am

Place:  HSG 17

Social scientists think of gender as something that is constructed – a result of social shaping rather than biological or natural differences. Looking at the diversity of gender patterns across societies is an excellent way to understand the nature of this social shaping. In our comparative look at gender in a global society we will see that gender is a master status that is connected with attitudes and behaviors of men and women in all areas of social life - family, school, work, community, law, medicine, politics, and religion. Development policies and globalization have frequently marginalized women and have resulted in uneven costs and benefits related to gender, age, ethnicity, and location. We will explore the systematic nature of global processes and their relationship with gendered experiences at all levels -- from international to community, household, and personal. Gender differences often involve unequal statuses. We will use recent research and theory to try and understand the sources of gender stratification and inequalities in various settings that work to the disadvantage of both women and men. We will analyze some of the key concepts involved in globalization and development, gender and feminist theory, and how they interact to produce inequality but also social change. In this age of globalization, it is important for researchers and practitioners to examine who gains and who loses from current policies and to make policy recommendations. Students will be encouraged to raise questions that are of particular interest to them.

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