Course teacher: Dr. Annelou Ypeij
Tel./e-mail: 020 525 3251 /
Period: 5 February – 29 March 2018
Time: Monday 13:00 – 15:00 hours
Thursday 16:00 – 18:00 hours
Course load: 6 EC

BA 4. Gender, family and social mobility in Latin America

In the last twenty years gender relations in Latin America have been greatly transformed within the context of globalization processes and reforms. Restructured labour markets, new economic opportunities and increasing (re)migration flows have meant new challenges and new opportunities in the daily lives of women and men.

From an intergenerational perspective, many families experience upward social mobility, especially now that several Latin American economies have been growing. These social transformations have often led to a repositioning of women and men in relation to each other, renegotiating their relationships. Conceptions of femininity and masculinity are constantly being reconstructed and are acquiring new meanings.

This course investigates the dynamics of gender relations in Latin America, mainly in the urban areas. In the context of gender inequality, poverty and social mobility, concepts and case studies will be presented that will offer examples of daily experience. The documentary of C.O.N. Moser People of the Barrio (1978) and her longitudinal study in Guayaquil (Ecuador) are the stepping stone of a number of theoretical discussions. Themes that will be touched upon are: livelihood strategies, social mobility, ethnicity, femininities and masculinities, machismo, the dynamics of family households, the nuclear and matrifocal family systems, migration, violence, social networks and grassroots organizations.

Course objectives
After completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:

-     interpret and apply gender and related core concepts
-     describe social and cultural processes regarding social mobility and poverty for the discussed case studies
-     apply knowledge on gender relations in Latin America to  livelihood strategies, social mobility,

Ethnicity, machismo, femininity and masculinity, the dynamics of family households, the nuclear and matrifocal family systems, migration, social networks and grassroots organizations, etc.

Form of Instruction and Assessment
The course consists of lectures and workshops. Assessment will be based on the exam and a group presentation.

Caroline Moser (2009) Ordinary Families, Extraordinary Lives. Assets and Poverty Reduction in Guayaquil 1978-2004, Washington: Brookings Institution Press.
And several articles and chapters from books.

Registration and Participation

UvA Students
Students registered at the University of Amsterdam can register for the CEDLA courses through SIS.

Students registered at other Dutch universities
BA students that are registered at another Dutch university can register as a guest student Spanish Language and Culture (‘bijvakstudent Spaanse Taal en Cultuur’) at the University of Amsterdam in Studielink.

MA students that are registered at another Dutch university can register through our digital registration form.

Persons who are interested in our courses, but are not registered as students at a university, may participate in some courses under certain provisions. Those interested, should provide the secretariat with some information on their background, their background knowledge and their special interest in taking the course. Non-students can register for the courses through our digital registration form

The cost of a CEDLA Bachelor course is €40.00 per credit, the Master courses cost €60.00 per credit. The amount due should be transferred to IBAN number NL51INGB0004990722, and made payable to Centrum voor studie en documentatie van Latijns Amerika, Amsterdam. Please make sure you also give your name and the title of the selected course with your payment transfer.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the CEDLA secretariat. We are open on weekdays from 9.00 to 17.00 hours.

Telephone: +31 20 525 3498

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