Fall 2012

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-374  |  Political Science, as POSC-474

Formerly listed as: LJST-39  |  POSC-74


Kristin Bumiller (Section 01)


(Offered as POSC 474 [GP, LP] [SC - starting with the Class of 2015] and LJST 374.) 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. Fall semester. Professor Bumiller.

If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to seniors and political science majors

Cost: $12.00 ?

POSC 474 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 02:30 PM - 04:30 PM CONV 208

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness The New Press Michelle Alexander Amherst Books TBD
Silent Covenants: Brown V. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for Racial Reform Oxford University Press Derrick Bell Amherst Books TBD
The Lives of Animals Princeton University Press J. M. Coetzee Amherst Books TBD
Making Rights Real: Activists, Bureaucrats, and the Creation of the Legalistic State University of Chicago press Charles R. Epp Amherst Books TBD
The Neutered Mother, the Sexual Family and Other Twentieth Century Tragedies Routledge Martha Albertson Fineman Amherst Books TBD
Fat Rights: Dilemmas of Difference and Personhood New York University Press Anna Kirkland Amherst Books TBD
The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering The Belknap Press, Michael J. Sandel Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2024