Will Count towards the SAS - Anthropology Major and Minor
In this course we probe the intricacies of how language and other embodied forms of communication are key to socializing and performing gender and sexuality in cultures around the world, past and present. We look at how discourse organizes gender and sexuality in any given society, identifying and analyzing the roles and relationships deemed “appropriate”. Additionally, we explore how these roles and relationships are produced and reproduced via everyday social interaction, frequently in ways that lead to systemic domination and repression. Finally, we consider how individuals use both playful and powerful communicative practices to transform or transgress their community’s presumptions about gender and sexuality.
KATHLEEN C. RILEY teaches cultural and linguistic anthropology at Rutgers University. She has conducted fieldwork on language, gender, and food, in the Marquesas, France, Montreal, Vermont, and NYC. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Language and Communication, Anthropology Newsletter, and a number of edited volumes. She has co-edited a special issue of Revue Anthropologie et Sociétés and is co-editing another for Semiotic Review. Her co-authored book, Food, Language and Society, will be published by Routledge in 2018, and she is working on a book for the University of Toronto Press about language, food, and sex in the Marquesas. She is an active member of the American Anthropological Association Committee for Human Rights as well as the Society for Linguistic Anthropology’s Taskforce for Language and Social Justice.