Fall 2007

Norms, Rights, and Social Justice: Feminists, Disability Rights Activists and the Poor at the Boundaries of the Law

Listed in: Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, as LJST-74  |  Political Science, as POSC-74


Kristin Bumiller (Section 01)


(GP) (LP) (Also Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought 74.) This seminar explores how the civil rights movement began a process of social change and identity-based activism. We evaluate the successes and failures of "excluded" groups' efforts to use the law. We primarily focus on the recent scholarship of theorists, legal professionals, and activists to define "post-identity politics" strategies and to counteract the social processes that "normalize" persons on the basis of gender, sexuality, disability, and class. This course fulfills the requirement for an advanced seminar in Political Science. Requisite: One introductory Political Science course or its equivalent. Limited to 15 students. First semester. Professor Bumiller.