ANTH 248 Fall 2012 Body Politics, Gender and Religion in South Asia (D)

Cross Listed as ASST248, REL248, WGSS249
This course examines the relationship between body, gender, and religion or community in South Asia, using three countries--India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh--and three major religions--Induism, Buddhism, and Islam--as its focus. It begins by unpacking the critical theories in which the human body serves as map for society and vice versa. It then examines the South Asian discourses linking body with nation, population, or purity. It explores a South Asian sociology of the body that occasions solidarity as well as social suffering and structural violence. Along the way, it looks at a diverse set of practices that count or control bodies to produce social cohesion including yoga, sex selection, family planning, monasticism, and fundamentalism. The body emerges as a lens through which to view the production of a politics of identity as much as fragmentation or social hierarchy.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: writing on class blog, final paper, participation in class discussion and presentations
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: majors in Religion, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Asian Studies and Anthropology
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: INST South + Southeast Asia Studies Electives,PHLH Bioethics + Interpretations of Health,PHLH Maternal and Child Health,WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1684
ANTH248-01(F) SEM Body Politics in South Asia (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Kim Gutschow
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Hopkins Hall 002 1684
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