Spring 2021

Contested Bodies: Race, Gender, and Embodiment in Biomedicine

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-232  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-231


Jennifer A. Hamilton (Section 01)


(Offered as SWAG 231 and ANTH 232) Using primary and secondary materials as well as documentaries and feature films, this course explores conceptualizations and representations of race and sex in health and medicine. We begin by looking at the histories of race and sex in Western science. We will examine gendered and racialized pathologies, such as hysteria and drapetomania, and consider how scientific thought intersects with larger political and economic movements. We will then move into a discussion of the uses of race and sex in contemporary biomedicine. Why is the pharmaceutical industry developing drugs geared toward different racial groups? How have advances in reproductive technologies challenged or reinforced our understandings of our bodies? Why and how is sexuality a key site of scientific debate? Finally, how has the genomic age reshaped (or reinforced) our understandings of race, sex, and sexuality?

Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Visiting Professor Hamilton.

SWAG 231 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 10:10 AM - 11:30 AM ONLI ONLI
Th 10:10 AM - 11:30 AM ONLI ONLI

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Race After Technology Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2021