ANTH 272
Sex and the Reproduction of Society Fall 2014
Division II
Cross-listed ANTH 272 / WGSS 272
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Why is reproduction such a controversial subject in society today, especially in areas of medicine, culture, and religion? And why is the reproductive body subject to such highly ideological and yet contradictory types of practices and discourses across the globe? This course seeks to examine the myriad ways that societies police the range of practices surrounding reproduction–including fertility, conception, pregnancy, birth, abortion, and motherhood. We will pursue a comparative analysis of reproduction across major societies and cultures, through an in-depth look at specialized topics such as the new reproductive technologies, the medicalization and ritualization of obstetrics in America, the continuing controversies over abortion across the globe, and the ongoing debates about the rise of women and the ‘End of Men’. Throughout the course, we remain focused on the cultural, social, and medical construction of birth and reproduction more generally. To this end, we explore the varying ritual and medical practices that surround reproduction in different cultural contexts, from high tech to low tech settings and societies. We will deconstruct the process of human reproduction through readings culled from a variety of cultures and disciplines including anthropology, medicine, religious studies, sociology, and gender and sexuality studies.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 1179
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: in-class presentations, attendance, class blog, final research paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: majors in Anthropology/Sociology, Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ANTH 272 Division II WGSS 272 Division II
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
INST Global Health Studies Electives
INST South + Southeast Asia Studies Electives
REL Comparative Inquiry Courses
WGSS Theory Courses

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