Anthropology | Gender/Labor Politics--East Asia
E400 | 071a | Friedman


This course explores anthropological and historical approaches to
gender and labor through examining East Asian women's experiences of
labor force participation.  We will ask how gender ideologies, kinship
patterns, nationalist politics and global economic transformations
shape the meaning of work and labor for different groups of women over
the course of the 20th century.  Focusing on the linked nexus of
factory work, sex work, and service work, the course asks what wage
labor participation has meant for women often faced with poverty,
exploitation, and potential social disgrace.  How does the meaning of
women's non-domestic work differ over time and across East Asian
countries?  How do work and gender identities influence, and
potentially reconfigure, one another?  What is the relationship among
work, family, and nation for various generations of East Asian women?
Readings will focus on Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong
Kong.