Pluralism and Diversity Group B or C
Individual and Society (Social Sciences)
Christopher A. Mitchell
This course offers a global, comparative framework for understanding LGBT and queer lives. By adopting a comparative framework, this class approaches the variety of social networks, cultural styles and communities that have grown up within the larger processes of globalization in the twentieth century.
By examining some of these various histories, we can begin to construct a better understanding of the specific and sometimes contradictory circumstances faced by both LGBT people in “the West,” as well as the political and socioeconomic struggles and cultural strategies of sexual minorities outside of “the West”— those who have invented and revived indigenous identities, as well as those who have appropriated and expanded the LGBT identities formulated in the context of Lesbian, Gay and Trans Liberation movements originating in Western Europe and North America.
In addition to important works by professional historians, this class will also draw on the theoretical frameworks and empirical studies undertaken by LGBT and queer scholars in anthropology, sociology, literary and cultural criticism, communications studies and other interdisciplinary fields.