Politics of Reproduction, Gender, and Family

Description: Seminar, three hours. Human reproduction and its regulation have long been focus of contentious politics around world and remain topical today. Reproduction refers both to biological and social reproduction; their interdependence shapes policies and practices pertaining to them. Government efforts to influence fertility behavior call attention to one important feature of modern states: political intervention into private life, intimacy, and sexuality. Politics of reproduction refers to intersection between politics and life cycle, or between public sphere and private lives. Expansion of state into bodies and lives of citizens has blurred lines between public and private interests. Exploration of diverse aspects of politics of reproduction, their gendering, and their impact on changing family forms to encourage students to think comparatively and historically about these issues in different contexts and cultures. Letter grading.

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