Course description of Women and Development, Anthropology 5303, Fall 1991 (roots of women's subordination in the Third World)
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Anthropology 5303
Monday, 8-10 periods, 376 Grinter Hall

Dr. Helen I. Safa
Center for Latin American Studies
University of Florida
Fail 1991

This course analyses the roots of women's subordination in the Third World, including Latin
America, Africa and Asia, with some attention to advanced industrial societies such as the U.S.
Particular emphasis will be given to contemporary socio-economic changes in women's labor
force participation and in the household economy, both in rural and urban areas. One aim of
the course is to see how development policies have affected the status of women, and to examine
critically the goal of the "integration of women into development." The topics to be covered
include family, kinship and the household economy; rural women and agricultural change;
urbanization, industrializati n and the informal economy; women and the international
division of labor; and political mobilization, the state and social movements.

The course will be conducted as a research seminar. Students should come to class having done
the readings and being prepared to contribute to the discussion. In some cases, this
participation will be more formal and students will be asked to prepare analysis of certain

Students will be graded on the basis of their class participation and two written assignments.
The first will be a short critical review of a book in the area of women and development,
which may be presented orally in class. This book review is due at mid-term, and is worth
approximately one-third of your grade. There will also be a term paper, worth about two-
thirds of your grade, which is due no later than the last class period. The topic for the term
paper should be chosen after discussion with Dr. Safa, and may deal with any topic on women
and development in either the Third World or the U.S. The paper may also take the form of a
research proposal.

The readings will be drawn from several sources, including the work of Third World scholars,
with whom students are encouraged to acquaint themselves. The basic texts are H. Moore's
Feminism and Anthropology, which presents a good overview of the field from an
anthropological perspective, and E. Leacock and H. Safa "Women's Work: Development and the
Division of Labor by Gender. Students are also asked to read the small monograph by G. Sen
and C. Grown entitled Development. Crises and Alternative Vision, which presents an excellent
introduction to the major issues confronting women in the Third World. All of these are
required readings, and available for purchase at the University Bookstore. Other edited
volumes from which the readings are drawn are listed below. Most of these books have been
put on reserve in the library. Readings not available in these edited volumes have been
compiled in a volume for sale at Kinko's and are marked with an asterisk.

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