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Sociology  970                                                                           Professor Joane Nagel

Seminar in Ethnicity & Sexuality                                                  Office: 723 Fraser

Fall 2005                                                                                   Email:


                                                                                                Office Hours:  Tuesday 1-3 pm

                                                                                                  and by appointment


                                                              COURSE SYLLABUS


August 18         Introduction

"Introduction" in Lancaster & di Leonardo*

"Introduction" in Hodes


August 25         Ethnicities and Sexualities that Matter

Nagel, “Introduction” & Chapter 1

Chapter 21 in Hodes:  "Mixing Bodies and Cultures," Henry Yu

Chapter 20 in Lancaster & di Leonardo:  "The Color of Sex:  Postwar Photographic Histories of Race & Gender in National Geographic," Catherine A. Lutz and Jane L. Collins


September 1     Constructing Ethnic & Sexual Boundaries I

Nagel, Chapter 2

Chapter 2 in Lancaster & di Leonardo:  "Scientific Racism & the Invention of the Homosexual Body," Siobhan Somerville

Chapter 22 in Hodes:  "Miscegenation Law, Court Cases, and Ideologies of 'Race' in Twentieth Century America, Peggy Pascoe


September 8     Constructing Ethnic & Sexual Boundaries II

Chapter 15 in Lancaster & di Leonardo:  "Orgasm, Generation, and the Politics of Reproductive Biology, Thomas Laqueur

Chapter 35 in Lancaster & di Leonardo:  "Introduction" from Bodies that Matter, Judith Butler

Chapter 20 in Hodes:  "The Prison Lesbian," Estelle Freedman


September 15   Sex and Conquest

Nagel, Chapter 3

Chapter 2 in Hodes:  "'They Need Wives'," Jennifer Spear

Chapter 4 in Hodes:  "The Saga of Sarah Muckamugg," Daniel Mandell

Chapter 5 in Hodes:  "Eroticizing the Middle Ground," Richard Godbeer


September 22   Sex and Race

Nagel, Chapter 4

Chapter 6 in Hodes:  "'Shamefull Matches'," Peter Bardaglio  
Chapter 7 in Hodes:  "Lines of Color, Sex, and Service," Sharon Block

Chapter 15 in Hodes:  "Livestock, Boundaries, and Public Space in Spartanburg," Scott Nelson


September 29* Sex and Nationalism

Nagel, Chapter 5                       

Chapter 1 in Lancaster & di Leonardo:  "Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power:  Gender, Race, and Morality in Colonial Asia," Ann Laura Stoler

Chapter 34 in Lancaster & di Leonardo:  "Sex Acts and Sovereignty:  Race and Sexuality in the Construction of the Australian Nation," Elizabeth A. Povinelli

*PROJECT ABSTRACTS DUE IN CLASS TODAY – bring copies for everyone



October 6         Presentation of in-progress projects



October 13       Sex, War, and Tourism

Nagel, Chapter 6 and Chapter 7

Chapter 24 in Hodes:  "Crossing Oceans, Crossing Colors," Jonathan Zimmerman

Chapter 31 in Lancaster & di Leonardo:  "The Consumption of Color and the Politics of White Skin in Post-Mao China," Louisa Schein    


October 20       Sex and Globalization

Nagel, Chapter 8

Chapter 7 in Lancaster & di Leonardo:  "State Fatherhood:  The Politics of Nationalism, Sexuality, and Race in Singapore," Geraldine Heng and Janadas Devan

Chapter 13 in Lancaster & di Leonardo:  "Seed of the Nation:  Men's Sex and Potency in Mexico," Matthew C. Guttman


October 27       Sex and Race - Contemporary Issues

                        Nagel, Conclusion

Chapter 3 in Lancaster & di Leonardo:  "White Lies, Black Myths:  Rape, Race, and the Black 'Underclass'," Micaela di Leonardo

Chapter 28 in Lancaster & di Leonardo:  "Rape and the Inner Lives of Black Women in the Middle West:  Preliminary Thoughts on the Culture of Dissemblance," Darlene Clark Hine

Chapter 32 in Lancaster & di Leonardo:  "The Enterprise of Empire:  Race, Class, Gender, and Japanese National Identity," Jacalyn D. Harden


November 3      Project Presentations


November 10    Project Presentations


November 17    Project Presentations     


November 24    No Class Thanksgiving Break


December 1      Project Presentations


December 8      Summary and Future Directions


                                                          COURSE INFORMATION

1.         Assignments


There will be three bases for course grades: a take-home midterm exam, a written and presented project, presentation and participation in discussions of readings one week during the semester.


Exam:  The midterm exam is open book, open notes.  Presentation dates for readings and projects will be assigned in class.  Late assignments/exams will not be accepted unless prior arrangements are made with me.  The midterm exam comprises 35 percent of your grade for this course.


            Research Papers:  Early in the semester, in consultation with me, you will identify a topic related to ethnicity and sexuality on which to conduct independent research for your class project.   Projects take the form of a 20-25 page research paper.  The project will comprise 35 percent of your grade for this course.


Class Participation:  This class is a seminar, and as such, students will have a central role in the presentation and discussion of reading assignments and in providing feedback on one another's research papers.  Each week specific students will be designated to present analyses and critiques of the readings.  All members of the class should read and participate in the discussion of all of the readings.  Each students will write and present in class a summary and recommendations for revision of a draft of one other student's research paper during "project presentations" in the last few weeks of class.  Instructions for these written and oral analyses/recommendations for revision will be distributed in class.  Class participation will comprise 30 percent of your grade for this course. 


2.         Ethical Conduct Expected from Students:


a.          Plagiarism is the use of another person's ideas, writings, or inventions as one's own.  This involves direct quotes as well as paraphrasing, summarizing, or reconstructing.  The best way to avoid plagiarizing is to properly cite all work of others.  Proper citation involves the use of quotations marks for quoted material and the inclusion of complete references for all materials used.  References should include:  Author, title, issue (for periodicals), publisher, year/date of publication, and page numbers of material used.


b.         Cheating.  This involves plagiarizing published material, the use of unauthorized materials (e.g., notes) during examinations, copying from another's work during examinations or on assignments, and plagiarizing or copying another student's exam or project assignments.


c.         The penalty for student ethical misconduct is a failing grade for the assignment in question or a failing grade for the entire course, depending on my determination of the severity of the misconduct.


3.         Grading Procedures:


The following will be the basis for your grade in this class:


1.                     Midterm Exam                           35%

2.                     Project                                      35%

3.                     Class Participation                      30%


5.         Office Hours:


a.          My office is 723 Fraser.  Hours are Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 pm and by appointment.  I urge you to set up a specific meeting time during these office hours as I am often booked in advance.


b.         The best and quickest way to reach me is by email:  Please send me an email message after our first class so I can add you to my Outlook address book.


c.         My phone/voice mail number is 785-864-4114.  My e-mail address is:  The Sociology Department telephone number is:  785-864‑4111 and the fax number is 785-864-5280.  Please leave a message when you call and include your telephone number and a time I can return your call.


6.         Readings:


The required books for this course are:


Hodes, Sex, Love, Race (NYU Press, 1999)

Lancaster and di Leonardo, The Gender Sexuality Reader (Routledge, 1997)

Nagel, Race, Ethnicity, and Sexuality (Oxford University Press, 2003)


The books for this course are for sale in student, area, or on-line bookstores.