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Giménez, Martha. Marx, Women, and Capitalist Social Reproduction: Marxist feminist essays. Chicago: Haymarket, 2019. ISBN: 9781642590470
Assignments and grades
You can check your grade progress on Blackboard. Grades are calculated out of a total of 100 points, and not the percentage of completed assignments as displayed in Blackboard. 90-100 points is an A, 80-89 is a B, 70-79 is a C, and 60-69 is a D. Fewer than 600 points is an F. Successful completion of all assignments is required to receive credit for this class.
Personal identity exercise. Create an identity wheel (a circle or pie chart) with “slices” whose size indicates the relative importance of each item to your own identity. Label each slice with an “A” if it is an advantaged or privileged part of your identity that benefits you, and a “T” for targeted parts that may put you at a social disadvantage (even if that part of your identity is important to you). Post a copy of this identity wheel to google drive and be prepared to discuss in class on Thursday, August 26 why you constructed it the way you did. 2 pts.
Reading responses: Post a comment, question, response, or reaction for each daily reading to the discussion board on Blackboard. 1 pt each, 27 pts total.
Class discussion leader: For each class period, one student will sign up to lead the discussion (organize the reading responses into a logical flow) and another to moderate discussion (run stack) to assure that everyone has equal space to speak. Sign up for a total of three times for three different books, and at least once for both leading and moderating the discussion. 3 times, 3 pts each, 9 pts total
Response papers: Prepare a three-page typed response to each assigned book. Identify the author’s main arguments and disciplinary assumptions, and examine the use of sources, methodology, and theory. Provide your own assessment or critique of the readings, including how effectively each author engages issues of race, class, & gender. In writing your essays:
The essays must be typed, double-spaced, and include citations, a bibliography, and page numbers. 8 pts each.
Race, class, & gender essay: Drawing on the material we have covered this semester as well as any additional material you might wish to include, analyze how you have come to understand the constructions of race, class, & gender. How do disciplinary assumptions reinforce or challenge these attitudes and perspectives? This final essay should be about 15 pages long, typed, double-spaced, and include citations, a bibliography, and page numbers. 22 pts.
Tues, Aug 24: Introduction
Tues, Aug 31: Introductory readings (on Blackboard):
Kimberle Crenshaw, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics,” University of Chicago Legal Forum 1989, no. Article 8: 139-67.
Rita Omokha, “Critical Moment,” Vanity Fair, no. 731 (September 2021): 86-87.
Barbara Foley, “Intersectionality: A Marxist Critique,” New Labor Forum 28, no. 3 (September 2019): 10-13.
Templeton, Alan R. "Biological races in humans." Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 44, no. 3 (September 2013): 262-71.
Thurs, Sept 2: Wilkerson, Part 1
Tues, Sept 7: Wilkerson, Part 2
Tues, Sept 14: Wilkerson, Part 4
Tues, Sept 21: Wilkerson, Part 6
Tues, Sept 28: Reed, Intro & Ch. 1
Tues, Oct 5: Reed, Ch. 3
Tues, Oct 12: Giménez, intro, chs. 1-2
Tues, Oct 19: Giménez, chs. 3-5
Tues, Oct 26: Giménez, chs. 9-11
Tues, Nov 2: Giménez, chs. 14-16
Tues, Nov 9: Markovits, part 2
Tues, Nov 16: Michaels, intro & ch. 1
Tues, Nov 30: Michaels, ch. 3
Tues, Dec 7: Michaels, ch. 5
Final Exam: Tuesday Dec. 14, 11:30 a.m. - 1:20 p.m.