Course teacher: Dr. Annelou Ypeij
Tel./e-mail: 020 525 3251 / J.L.Ypeij@cedla.nl
Period: 4 April – 30 May
Time: Tuesday 13:00 – 16:00 hours
Course load: 6 EC
Max. participants: 20

BA 8. 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, a lot of families experience upward social mobility, especially now that several Latin American economies are growing. These social transformations have often led to a repositioning of women and men in relation to each other in which process they renegotiate 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, 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, machismo, femininity and masculinity, the dynamics of family households, the nuclear and matrifocal family systems, migration, 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 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 7 meetings and an exam. It will contain of lectures and workshops. Assessment will be based on the exam and a group presentation.

Literature
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.

Picture: Remi. Santo Tomas Chichicastenango, Quiche, Guatemala (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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