How do people experience globalization in their intimate lives? Too often, people understand it simply in terms of the corporate domination of the world by US elites and multinational companies. Missing have been complex accounts of how political-economic and technological transformations shape-and are shaped by-love, sex, and intimacy. Using the interdisciplinary lens of anthropology, cultural studies, sociology, international relations, literature, and film and media studies, this course will seek to unravel the binaries of global/local, economic/intimate, and proximate/distant by which we understand globalization. Among the topics of discussion will be gay marriage, mail-order brides, transnational adoption, international sex work, militarism, and social media.
Satisfies a requirement in the Gender & Sexuality Studies major and minor (Society & Politics Track).