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Cornell University    
  Dec 17, 2017
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ANTHR 7458 - Women, Girls and Gender in Education

(crosslisted) EDUC 7458 , FGSS 7458  
Fall. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Co-meets with ANTHR 4458 /EDUC 4458 /FGSS 4458 .

S. Villenas.

This seminar explores and compares the educational and schooling experiences of young women and girls through an array of ethnographic studies conducted in different regions of the world. Drawing on the fields of anthropology of education and feminist studies, we examine how girls and young women construct gender identities and ways of knowing through prisms of race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, language, nation and citizenship. Second, we inquire into how gendered notions of development and state sanctioned forms of structural and symbolic violence, impact young women’s educational experiences and opportunities, and how they in turn respond. Lastly, we consider young women as learners who craft their own lives and literacies across borders and diverse spaces of home, school, community, and peer group.

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