Instructor: Dr. Tannistha Samanta
This graduate level, the seminar-style course will adopt “modernity” as an analytical category to understand contemporary debates around the family. In particular, it will combine core theories of modernity (Giddens, Bourdieu, and Foucault) with empirical debates about Families (historical perspectives on family and family change- family dissolution; family relations; life course transitions); Gender and families (housework/labor; cultural contradictions of motherhood; men and masculinities);Intimate relationships (economics of love and marriage; sexuality; family violence and abuse); Family and social policy (welfare state; work-family conflicts; child care; immigration); Development and social change (new family forms including same-sex marriage, cohabitation, lone parenting; reconfigured kinship through “reproductive tourism” and commercial surrogacy); Measurement issues/Ethics in Family research
Attention will be paid to understand the changing composition and increasing diversity in the “making” of the family and the attendant meanings of intimacy, desire and sexuality in late modernity by sifting through cross-cultural studies and drawing from interdisciplinary fields of anthropology, demography, sociology, and economics.
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