Spring 2015

Gender, Migration and Power:  Latinos in the Americas

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-305  |  Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-305


Leah C. Schmalzbauer (Section 01)


(Offered as AMST 305 and SOCI 305.)  In this course we draw from sociology, anthropology, and geography to explore the gendered dynamics and experiences of Latino migration to the United States. We begin by situating gendered patterns of migration in the context of contemporary globalization and relating them to social constructions of gender. Next we look at experiences of settlement, analyzing the role of women’s and men’s networks in the process of migration, especially in terms of employment and survival strategies. We also analyze how specific contexts of reception influence the gender experience of settlement. For example, how does migration to rural areas differ from migration to traditional urban migration hubs, and how does gender influence that difference?  We then look at Latino family formation, paying special attention to the experiences of transnational mothers and fathers, those who have left children behind in their home countries in the process of migration. Finally, we explore the relationship between migration and sexuality.

Limited to 20 students.  Spring semester.  Professor Schmalzbauer.

If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to Sociology and American Studies seniors and juniors, then seniors, juniors, on down


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2018