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Lecture 6

ANT356H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Judith Butler, Michel Foucault, Hijab

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February 12, 2014.
Lecture 6 - Gender and Religion
What role does gender paly in the way religion is communicated, practiced, and
How do women relate to religious discourses and practices?
What is the blah blah blah
General Themes
oThe Personal-Social (identity/subjectivity-agency, being/becoming)
Sex vs. Gender
oSex relating to genetic and physical body
oGender more about social/cultural roles expressed or imposed upon an individual;
Western monolithic assumptions about gender
Universality of female subordination
oAnthropological engagement with how both sexual and gender-related ideas about
femininity can result in universal subordination of women
Critiques of binary models and theories of intersectionality
In the texts
oWomen’s perspectives, practices, and agency
oDifferent models and ideals of femininity
oFocus on societal gender norms
oThe significance of the body
Women make themselves subjects by working on and acting their bodies;
making their bodies the agent of transformation of both themselves and
the society in which they live
Veils come into this picture; to veil or not to veil
The Light in Her Eyes? (film trailer)
oTensions in modern society in roles assigned to women; becoming educated vs.
marrying early and taking care of the home
oMosque movement in Egypt/Syria/Middle East; studying the Qur’an as a way to
remain informed rather than being misled by people who want to control women
under the guise of “religious law”
oEngagement with piety functionalist
The Body
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