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    Marlboro College Spring 2013

    Monday/ Wednesday 11:30-12:50

    "Another world is not only possible. She is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." ~ Arundhati Roy

    • Course Information

      Instructor: Renee M. Byrd

      Instructor's Office: Dalrymple 22B

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      Course Description

      Globalization is remaking the contemporary social landscape and transforming the lives of people across the globe. The concepts of globalization and neoliberalism have taken academia by storm over the past decade. However, these concepts are contested-- meaning there are very different understandings of that which is signified by these terms across and within disciplines. Additionally, there is contestation over the goals and practical outcomes entailed by these processes in activist, academic, and policy circles. This course will introduce students to the economic, political, cultural processes bound up with neoliberalism and globalization. Students will be introduced to fundamentals of globalization studies, including structural adjustment, free trade zones, commodity chains and development. We will also pay specific attention to examining how definitions of gender and sexuality are reproduced, negotiated and deployed in the context of globalization and transnational flows. Examining key texts drawn from transnational feminism and cultural studies, students will explore the linkages between transnational flows of capital, labor, information & goods and a gendered analysis of colonialism, militarism, fundamentalism, nationalism and punishment. Activism will be centered as we explore this exciting, cross-disciplinary field.


      Required  Texts

      Ritzer, George. Globalization: The Essentials

      Enloe, Cynthia. Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the Link.

      Mohanty, Chandra. Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity.

       ** All other course readings will be available on this site.

      • Week One- Introduction to Globalization: Flows, Solids and Liquids


        Monday, January 28th:

        Ritzer, George. Globalization: The Essentials. Chapter One, Pages 1-28


        Wednesday, January 30th::

        Inda, Jonathan Xavier and Renato Rosaldo. “Tracking Global Flows.” In The Anthropology of Globalization: A Reader.

        • Week Two- Theorizing Globalization and Neoliberalism


          Monday, February 4th

          Ritzer, George. Globalization: The Essentials. Chapter Two and Three, Pages 28-81


          Wednesday, February 6th

          Ritzer, George. Globalization: The Essentials. Chapter Four, Pages 81-106

          • Week Three- Colonial Logics and the Intimate


            Monday, February 11th

            Watch-- Colonialism in 10 Minutes: The Scramble for Africa at


            Stoler, Ann. “Intimidations of Empire: Predicaments of the Tactile and Unseen.” Page 1-22 in Haunted By Empire: Geographies of Intimacy in North American History.

            Lowe, Lisa. “The Intimacy of Four Continents.”

            • Week Three- Colonial Logics and the Intimate

              Wednesday, February 13th

              Re-read Stoler and Lowe.

              • Week Four- Global Flows: State, Culture, People and Environment

                Monday, February 18th

                Ritzer, George. Globalization: The Essentials. Chapter 5, 6, and 7, Pages 106-178


                Wednesday, February 20th

                Ritzer, George. Globalization: The Essentials. Chapters 8 and 9, Pages 178-230

                • Week Five- Globalization: Inequality and Resistance

                  Monday, February 25th

                  Ritzer, George. Globalization: The Essentials. Chapters 10 and 11, Pages 230-291

                  Clarke and Thomas. "Introduction: Globalization and the Transformations of Race" in Globalization and Race.

                  • Week Five- Globalization: Inequality and Resistance


                    Wednesday, February 27th

                    Ritzer, George. Globalization: The Essentials. Chapter 12, Pages 291-317


                    Starhawk. “Introduction: The Web,” “Seattle” “The Practice of Direct Democracy” and “Building a Diverse Movement” In Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising.

                    Watch "The Story of Change" 

                    • Week Six- Midterm

                      Monday, March 4th

                      Midterm Review


                      Wednesday, March 6th


                      • Week Seven- Feminism & Globalization

                        Monday, March 11th

                        Mohanty, Chandra. Introduction to Feminism Without Borders.

                        • Week Seven-- Feminism & Globalization

                          Wednesday, March 13th

                        • Week Eight-- Transnational Feminisms, Commodity Chains and 3rd World Women

                          Monday, April 1st

                          Your inequality paper is no longer due on 4/1/13. The deadline has been extended to Friday, April 5th. Please email your paper to the instructor by 5pm 4/5/13.

                          Ramamurthy, Priti. “Why is Buying a ‘Madras’ Cotton Shirt a Political Act? A Feminist Commodity Chain Analysis.”

                          Keating, Christine, Claire Rasmussen and Pooja Rishi. "The Rationality of Empowerment: Microcredit, Accumulation by Dispossession, and the Gendered Economy."

                          Hochschild, Arlie Russell. "The Nanny Chain."

                          • Week Eight

                            Wednesday, April 3rd

                            Mohanty, Chandra. Chapter 1 in Feminism Without Borders. “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses.”

                            Melissa W. Wright. “Introduction: Disposable Women and Other Myths of Global Capitalism.”

                            Aihwa Ong. “Colonialism and Modernity: Feminist Re-representations of Women in Non-Western Societies.” In Feminism & ‘Race’.

                            • Week Nine-- Transnational Feminism and Militarism

                              Monday, April 8th

                              Okazawa-Rey, Margo and Gwen Kirk. “Neoliberalism, Militarism and Armed Conflict.”

                              Bacchetta, Campt et al. “Transnational Feminist Practices Against War.”

                              Lila Abu-Lughod. “Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving?”


                              Wednesday, April 10th

                              Enloe, Cynthia. Pages 1-93 In Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the Link.


                              • Week Ten-- Transnational Feminism and Miltiarism, continued...

                                Monday, April 15th

                                Enloe, Cynthia. Pages 93-165. In Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the Link.


                                Wednesday, April 17th

                                Jasbir K. Puar and Amit S. Rai. “Monster, Terrorist, Fag: The War on Terrorism an the Production of Docile Bodies.”

                                SUPPLEMENTARY-- Okazawa-Rey, Margo and Gwen Kirk. “Maximum Security.”

                                • Week Eleven-- Transnational Feminist Prison Studies

                                  Monday, April 22nd

                                  Sudbury, Julia. “A World Without Prisons: Resisting Militarism, Globalized Punishment and Empire.” Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order. 2004.


                                  SUPPLEMENTARY-- Sudbury, Julia. Introduction. Global Lockdown.

                                  • Week Eleven-- Transnational Feminist Prison Studies

                                    Wednesday, April 24th

                                    SUPPLEMENTARY-- Dent, Gina. “Prison as a Border.”

                                    Lyod et al "Introduction: Borders, Prisons, and Abolitionist Visions" and Libal et al. " 'A Prison Is Not A Home': Notes from the Campaign to End Immigrant Family Detention." In Beyond Walls and Cages.


                                    • Week Twelve

                                      Monday, April 29th

                                      Grewal and Kaplan. "Global Identities: Theorizing Transnational Studies of Sexuality"

                                      Wednesday, May 1st

                                      Mohanty, Chandra. Chapter 2 "Cartographies of Struggle: Third World Women & the Politics of Feminism." In Feminism Without Borders

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                                        Week Thirteen-- Feminism Without Border

                                        Monday, May 6th

                                        Mohanty, Chandra. Chapters 3, 4 and 5 In Feminism Without Borders (pages 85-136).

                                        Wednesday, May 8th

                                        Mohanty, Chandra. Chapters 6,8 and 9 In Feminism Without Borders (pages 139-168 and 190-251).