HIST 386 Fall 2014 Latinas in the Global Economy: Work, Migration, and Households (D)

Cross Listed as LATS386, WGSS386
An increasingly global economy, from 1945 to the present, has affected Latinas in their home countries and in the United States. The garment industry, one of the first industries to go global, has relied extensively on Latina workers in their home countries and in the United States. Domestic work, a traditional field of women's work, also crosses borders. Challenging the myth that labor migration is a male phenomenon and that women simply follow the men, this course explores how the global economy makes Latinas labor migrants. What impact has the global economy and economic development had on Latinas' work and their households in their home countries? How have economic changes and government policies shaped Latinas' migrations and their incorporation in the changing U.S. economy? How have Puerto Rican, Mexican, Cuban, Dominican, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan women confronted the challenges created by a globalizing economy and balanced demands to meet their households' needs? This EDI course explores the impact of U.S. hierarchies of race, ethnicity, gender and class on Latinas' labor migrations and economic incorporation in the United States, as well as the myriad ways in which they confront, negotiate, and at times challenge those dominant U.S. hierarchies.
Class Format: discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation based on class participation and group presentations, short writing assignments, two short essays, and a final paper that will be presented to the class
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Prerequisites: open to first-year students with instructor's permission
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora,HIST Group D Electives - Latin America + Caribbean,HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada,INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives,LATS Core Electives,WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 1461
HIST 386 - 01 (F) SEM Latinas in the Global Economy (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Carmen T. Whalen
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Hollander 101 1461
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