following books are available for purchase at the Jeffrey Amherst
Nancy Naples ed., COMMUNITY ACTIVISM AND FEMINIST POLITICS
Amrita Basu ed., THE CHALLENGE OF LOCAL FEMINISMS: WOMEN'S
MOVEMENTS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
Cynthia Cockburn, ed., THE SPACE BETWEEN US
Uma Narayan, DISLOCATING CULTURES
Books are also on reserve. Photocopied materials are available
for purchase at the Women's and Gender Studies Department Office
in Grosvenor's House.
The course requirements include four writing assignments due
Feb. 14, Feb. 28, April 10 and May 6). Participation is also
considered in the final evaluation. If you cannot attend a class,
please notify Professor Bumiller via e-mail.
Introduction: Face of Activism
Videos: Excerpts from "Welfare Warriors" and "When
Women Unite " (in class)
Uma Narayan, Dislocating Cultures, pp. 3-39, 83-117.
February 1 Feminism
Mary Daly, Gynecology, pp. 113-133.
Uma Narayan, Dislocating Cultures, pp. 43-80.
February 3 The Global and the Local
Maria Lugones, "Playfulness, World Traveling and Loving
Perceptions" in Feminist Social Thought
Christine Sylvester, "African and Western Feminisms: World
Traveling The Tendencies and Possibilities", Signs
Uma Narayan, Dislocating Cultures, "Through the Looking
Glass Darkly," pp. 119-158.
February 8 Engaged Scholarship
In the Realm of the Diamond Queen, pp. 5-37, 51-71, 104-120.
Nancy Shepper Hughes, Death Without Weeping, pp. 1-30,
(Class will meet in three sections)
February 10 Activism, Resistance, and Movements
Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life,
James Scott, Domination and the Arts of Resistance, pp.
Jo Freeman, "On the Origins of Social Movements"
Temma Kaplan, "Female Consciousness and Collective Action:
The Case of Barcelona," Signs
Film: "Poverty Outlaw" at 4:00 and 7:30 in TBA
February 15 Community Activism (Part 1)
Nancy Naples, Community Activism and Feminist Politics,
pp. 31-56, 129-150, 213-236, 275-300.
February 17 Community Activism (Part 2)
Nancy Naples, Community Activism and Feminist Politics,
(choose chapter not discussed in previous class)
Film: "When Women Unite," 4:00 and 7:30 p.m. in Merrill
February 22 Community Activism (Part 3)
Mary Anne Weaver, "Gandhi's Daughters" The New Yorker
Ilina Sena ed, A Space Within the Struggle, Introduction
and essays by Chetna and Gala, Datar, and Omvedt
Ali Mari Tripp, "Deindustrialization and the Growth of Women's
Economic Associations, in Swattz Mitter and Sheila Rowbotham,
eds., Dignity and Daily Bread
(Class will meet in sections)
Film: "Triumph of the Will," at 4:00 and 7:30 in Merrill
Claudia Koonz, Mothers in the Fatherland, pp. 59-90, 177-219,
March 2 The Klan
Kathleen Blee, Women of the Klan, pp. 1-4, 70-98
Film: "Umm Khulthum: A Voice Like Egypt," at 4:00 and
7:30 in Merrill 131
March 7 Ethnic Nationalisms (Part 1)
Cynthia Cockburn ed., The Space Between Us, pp. 1-98.
March 9 Ethnic Nationalisms (Part 2)
Cynthia Cockburn, ed., The Space Between Us, pp. 99-230
Film: "The Official Story," at 4:00 and 7:30 in Merrill
March 21 Motherist Movements
Malathia de Alwis, "Motherhood as a Space of Protest"
in Appropriating Gender
Jennifer Schirmer, "Those Who Die for Life Cannot Be Called
Dead" Feminist Review
Amrita Basu, "Hindu Women's Activism and the Questions it
Raises" in Appropriating Gender
Film: "Evita," at 4:00 and 7:30 in Chapin 101
March 23 Motherist Leadership
Evita by Evita, Eva Duarte Peron Tells Her Own Story
Alma Guillermoprieto, "Little Eva," The New Yorker,
Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, "Gender, Leadership and Representation"
in Real and Imagined Women
March 28 Feminist Movements/Women's Movements (Part 1)
Robin Morgan ed., Sisterhood is Global
Amrita Basu ed. The Challenge of Local Feminism, Intro
and essays on China, Nigeria, Namibia Peru, and Eastern Europe.
March 30 Feminist Movements/ Women's Movements (Part
(class will meet in sections)
April 4 Domestic Violence
Celina Romany, "Killing the Angel in the House", in
The Public Nature of Private Violence
Kristin Bumiller, "The State as a Bastard Father: The Violence
of Welfare Dependency."
Karen Kendrick, "Producing the Battered Woman," in
Nancy Naples, Community Activism and Feminist Politics, pp.
April 6 Gay Marriage
Stoddard, "Why Gay people Should Seek the Right to Marry,"
in Cases and Materials on Sexual Orientation and the Law
Ettelbrick, "Since When is Marriage a Path to Liberation?"
Robert H. Knight, "How Domestic Partnership and Gay Marriage
Threaten the Family," Insights
Ruthann Robson, "Resisting the Family: Repositioning Lesbians
in Legal Theory," Signs
Patterson, "Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their
Children," in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identities in
Robert H. Knight and Daniel S. Garcia, "Homosexual Adoption:
Bad for Children, Bad for Society," Insights
April 11 Transnational Women's Movements
"Bringing Beijing Home: The Platform for Action and You."
Jael Silliman, "Expanding Civil Society, Shrinking Political
Spaces: The Case for Women's Non-Governmental Organizations,"
Social Politics, 1999, pp. 23-53. Margaret Keck and Kathryn
Sikkink, Activists Without Borders, chapter 5, pp. 165-198.
Film: "Breaking the Silence," at 4:00 and 7:30 in Merrill
April 13 Women's Human Rights (Part 1)
Charlotte Bunch, "Transforming Human Rights From a Feminist
Perspective," in Women's Rights, Human Rights
Radhika Coomaraswamy, "Reinventing International Law: Women's
Rights as Human Rights in the International Community",
in Debating Human Rights
Rachel Rosenbloom ed., Unspoken Rules: Sexual Orientation
and Women's Human Rights, vii-xxxi
Film: "Warrior Marks," at 4:00 and 7:30 in Chapin 101
April 18 Women's Human Rights (Part 2)
Susan Okin, "Feminism, Women's Human Rights and Cultural
Inderpal Grewal, "Women's Rights as Human Rights: Feminist
Practices, Global Feminism and Human Rights Regimes in Transnationality"
Martha Nussbaum, Sex and Social Justice
April 20 Whose Human Rights/International Development
take a look at these websites:
and the Transformation of the Twenty-first Century": a speech
by the head of the World Bank
Adjustment and the Poor: The World Bank Speaks
IDA 12: A Chance to Deliver
on World Bank Promises
Years is Enough! Bailouts for Bankers, Burdens for Women
on the (World) Bank
April 25 Transnational Religious Movements (Part 1)
Video made by The Feminist Majority (in class)
Farida Shaheed, "Controlled or Autonomous Identity
and the Experience of Networks: Women Living Under Muslim Law"
Moghadam, Revolution, Religion
and Gender Politics: Afghanistan and Iran Compared", in
Journal of Women's History
And please look at the Feminist
Majority web-site on the Taliban
April 27 Transnational Religious Movements (Part 2)
Jean Franco, "Defrocking the Vatican" in Cultures
Bendroth, "Fundamentalism and the Family: Gender, Culture
and the American Pro- Family Movement," Journal of Women's
and look at this article: Case
Study of an American Fundamentalist Family by Margaret Talbot
(New York Times)
Film: "The Global Assembly Line," at 4:00 and 7:30
in Merrill 131
May 2 Globalization
Video made by ILGWU, "Stop Sweatshops" (in class)
Kumudhini Rosa, "The Conditions and Organizational Activities
of Women in Free Trade Zones, " in Dignity and Daily
Ann Eyerman. "Serving Up Service: Fast Food and Office Workers
Doing It With a Smile," Women Working the NAFTA Food
Grace Chang, "The Global Trade in Filipina Workers,"
Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists
May 4 Conclusion
Sonia Alvarez, ""Latin American Feminists Go Global"
in Cultures of Politics/Politics of Cultures, pp 293-324.