GWSS 290: Motherhood and Work in America and Beyond

Announcement from the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

GWSS 290: Motherhood and Work in America and Beyond

This course introduces students to feminist perspectives on motherhood, with an emphasis on its relation to work. We will explore understandings of mothering in various social, cultural, and geographical contexts. How does American popular culture create motherhood ideals and how do they impact the subjectivities of mothers in their day-to-day lives? How does the experience of mothering vary based on race, class, sexuality, nation, and immigration status? What is the relationship between motherhood and work, particularly within the context of neoliberalism and globalization? We will focus on theses including mothering across borders; transnational representations of motherhood; medicalization, biotechnologies, and surrogacy; and motherhood as a resource for political organizing.

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