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Cornell University    
  Feb 19, 2018
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ANTHR 3620 - [A Global Controversy: How to Study a Human Rights Violation]

(crosslisted) ASRC 3620 BSOC 3620 , FGSS 3621  
Fall. Next offered 2020-2021. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

S. Hodžić.

How did female genital cutting become an emblematic women’s rights violation? This course uses female genital cutting as a lens for understanding the making of gendered human rights crises and efforts to resolve them. How did much of the world agree that cutting should be ended? How have African and international NGOs, feminist activists, and development and global health organizations try to do so? To answer these questions, we will examine the many meanings and forms of cutting, the intersections of global health and human rights, the histories of conceptions of Africa as the continent in need of saving and a site of violence, the effects of asylum and criminal laws, and both African and international campaigns.

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