Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology: Global Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, and Reproductive Labors

Tu 9:00AM - 12:00PM / 3301 Wesley W Posvar Hall / CRN 31019

This course explores theoretical and ethnographic approaches to global intimacies, particularly intimate and reproductive labor such as domestic work, sex work, surrogacy, medical tourism, cross-border marriages, and others. Readings will focus on particular ethnographic case studies from different parts of the world that illustrate how global mobilities are linked to intimate relations. We will explore intersections of sex, gender, labor, power, love and money in a globalized world, and will examine theoretical approaches informed by feminism, migration studies, queer studies, postmodernism, and debates relating to capitalism, globalization, gender, and human trafficking. This course is particularly relevant to those with an academic interest in the intimate cultural and critical politics of sex, love, labor, and gendered migration within the context of global capitalism.

Number of Credits


Nicole Constable

Course Term


Course Category

Category C: Cultural Antagonisms and Cultural Crises

Course Year