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DSPO 2365A - Gender and Social Movements: North and South, Right and Left

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


A background in social sciences or humanities (history, sociology, anthropology) is desirable. Prior knowledge of gender theory and/or social movement theory is not necessary but will constitute an asset.

Course Description

This course will provide students with a gender perspective to the analysis of social movements. It will deal both with same-sex social movements and gendered participation to mixed social movements, and focus on the relationship between gender and collective action. The first part of the course will initiate students to the concepts of sex and gender through the history of feminist and queer movements. In the second part of the course, we will turn to history and ethnography in order to provide examples of women's participation to social movements at different times and places: hunger riots, worker's rights movements, guerrilla movements, environmental mobilisations, etc. Finally, we will take issue with the idea of social movements as necessarily progressive in nature, by discussing gender norms in conservative social movements and institutional politics.


GRIECO, Kyra (Anthropologue, Doctorante CERMA/Mondes Américains)

Course validation

In-class participation (30% of final grade) : active participation to discussion on the basis of assigned readings/films (1 per week) and to end-of-semester simulation Presentation (30% of final note): summary and discussion of one optional reading assigned of the day (max 15 minutes at beginning or end of lecture, with PPT) in order to introduce topic and start the discussion. Students may choose from a list of texts provided by the teacher or propose a text/case study of their own choice, with prior approval by the teacher. Paper (40% of final grade): In-depth discussion of one of the topics or case studies dealt with during the course, on the basis of the course bibliography and other pertinent texts (20.000 signs maximum).

Required reading

  • Kuumba, M. B, “You've struck a rock”: Comparing gender, social movements and transformation in the United States and South Africa. Gender & Society 16(4), pp.504-523, 2002.
  • Mohanty, C., « Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourse », Feminist Review n° 30, pp. 61-88, 1988
  • Stephen, L. ‘Gender, Citizenship, and the Politics of Identity', Latin American Perspectives, 28.6, pp. 54–69, 2001.
  • Bedi, T., (2006) “Feminist Theory and the Right-Wing: Shiv Sena Women Mobilize Mumbai”, Journal of International Women's Studies Vol. 7/4.

Additional required reading

  • The suffragettes (2015)
  • Bread and Roses (2004)
  • The Mothers: Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo (1985)
  • The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
  • Good Morning, Night (2003)
  • Woman rebel (2010)
  • She is beautiful when she is angry (2014)
  • Free Angela and all political prisoners (2011)
  • Davis, A. “Working Women, Black Women and the History of the Suffrage Movement” in Women, race & Class, Vintage Publishing, 1981
  • Delphy, C. ‘Rethinking Sex and Gender', Women's Studies International Forum, 16.1,pp. 1–9, 1993.
  • DuBois, E. C. "Woman Suffrage Around the World: Three Phases of Suffrage Internationalism" in Ellen DuBois and Vicki Ruiz, eds. Unequal Sisters: A Multicultural Reader in U.S. Women's History, 3rd ed.
  • Fraser, N., 2012, "Feminism, Capitalism, and the Cunning of History", Working Paper Series, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (FMSH)
  • Grieco, K., « Motherhood, Mining and Development: from corporate development to social mobilization” in Dhawan N., Fink E., Leinius J. & Rirhandu M-B. (eds) Negotiating Normativity. Postcolonial appropriations, contestations and transformations, Springer, London (2016).
  • González-Rivera, V. and K. Kampwirth, Radical Women in Latin America: Left and Right, Penn State Press, 2010.
  • Hanisch, C., 2006, "The Personal Is Political: The Women's Liberation Movement classic with a new explanatory introduction" (disponible en ligne)
  • Mohanty, C., « Under Western Eyes : Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourse », Feminist Review n° 30, pp. 61-88, 1988 OR Stoler, Ann L. ‘Making Empire Respectable: The Politics of Race and Sexual Morality in 20th-Century Colonial Cultures', American Ethnologist, 16.4, pp.634–60, 1989.
  • Scott, J.W. ‘Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis', The American Historical Review, 91.5 (1986), 1053–75.
  • Stephen, L. Women and Social Movements in Latin America: Power from Below, Austin, University of Texas Press
  • Mohanty, C., (2003) “Under Western Eyes” Revisited: Feminist Solidarity through Anticapitalist Struggles”, Signs, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 499-535.
  • Maddison, S., “Private men, public anger: The men's rights movement in Australia”, Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Vol. 4/2, 1999