Syllabus for Identity, Practice, Politics

Identitet, praktik, politik

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5GN031
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Gender Research A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2013-11-12
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2020-01-08
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Arts
  • Applies from: week 27, 2020
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
  • Responsible department: Centre for Gender Research

Decisions and guidelines

The Centre for Gender Research is responsible for this course. This course is obligatory for students reading the Master's programme in the Humanities - Gender Studies.

Learning outcomes

Following successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Explain and discuss different understandings of identity, and the place of the concept of identity within the framework of theory/criticism in various fields of research and aesthetic expressions;
  • Discuss and contextualize identity as theoretical concept, political perspective and social practice, with a starting point in different dimensions of power, especially sex/gender, ethnicity, class and sexuality;
  • Independently identify a theme relevant to the area of study, and then author and discuss a written assignment on this topic.

Content

Taking a selection of relevant critical perspectives as their points of departure, students on this course examine and problematize identity as a critical concept, political tool and lived practice. Theories formulated within the field of Gender Studies are particularly central, and theories of sex/gender, sexuality, ethnicity and race are all covered during the course. Theories of identity as socially constructions are central and the course addresses both contemporary and historical perspectives on identity. The course includes an independent writing assignment.

Instruction

The course is delivered through a series of lectures and/or seminars.

Assessment

All seminars are part of the examination and include written and oral assignments. In addition students are expected to complete a written paper based on the theme of the course. All written submissions will undergo a plagiarism check. 

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University´s disability coordinator.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 02, 2020

Literature

The reading list will be updated every year, at the latest 5 weeks before the course starts. From spring 2021 the literature will be all in English.

  • Bernstein, Mary Identity Politics

    Part of:

    Annual review of sociology.

    vol. 31 (2005) s. 47-74

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  • Davies, Bronwyn; Harré, Rom Positioning: The Discursive Production of Selves

    Part of:

    Journal for the theory of social behaviour

    Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 1997-

    vol. 20 (1990) nr. 1 s. 43-63

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  • Hall, Stuart Introduction: Who Needs Identity?

    Part of:

    Hall, Stuart; Du Gay, Paul Questions of cultural identity

    London: Sage, 1996

    s. 1-17

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  • Staunæs, Dorthe Where have all the subjects gone? : bringing together the concepts of intersectionality and subjectification

    Part of:

    NORA : Nordic journal of feminist and gender research

    2003(11):2, s. 101-110

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  • Wetherell, Margaret Positioning and Interpretative Repertoires: Conversation Analysis and Post-structuralism in Dialogue

    Part of:

    Discourse & society.

    vol. 9 (1998) nr. 3 s. 387-412

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  • Crenshaw, Kimberle Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color

    Part of:

    Stanford law review.

    [Stanford, Calif.: School of Law, Stanford University,

    vol. 43 (1991) nr. 6 s. 1241-1299

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  • De los Reyes, Paulina; Mulinari, Diana Intersektionalitet : kritiska reflektioner över (o)jämlikhetens landskap.

    1. uppl.: Malmö: Liber, 2005

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  • Le, Nam Mörk, Ylva Båten : noveller

    Stockholm: Natur & kultur, 2010

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  • Levine-Rasky, Cynthia Intersectionality theory applied to whiteness and middle-classness

    Part of:

    Social identities

    [Abingdon]: [Carfax],

    vol. 17 (2011) nr. 2 s. 239-253

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  • Nash, Jennifer Re-thinking intersectionality

    Part of:

    Feminist review.

    vol. 89 (2008) nr. 1 s. 1-15

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  • Butler, Judith Sundberg, Sarah Clyne Osäkra liv : sörjandets och våldets makt

    Hägersten: Tankekraft, 2011

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  • Butler, Judith Precarious life : the powers of mourning and violence

    London: Verso, 2004

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  • Davis, Lennard J. The end of identity politics. On disability as an unstable category

    Part of:

    Davis, Lennard J. The disability studies reader

    4th ed.: New York, NY: Routledge, 2013

    (2013) s. 263-277

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  • Murray, Samantha Banded bodies: the somatechnics of gastric banding

    Part of:

    Sullivan, Nikki; Murray, Samantha Somatechnics : queering the technologisation of bodies

    Farnham: Ashgate, cop. 2009

    (2009) s. 153-168

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  • Samuels, Ellen My body, my closet : invisible disability and the limits of coming-out discourse

    Part of:

    GLQ : a journal of lesbian and gay studies

    9(2003):1/2, s. 233-255

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  • Sandahl, Carrie Queering the crip or cripping the queer? : intersections of queer and crip identities in solo autobiographical performance

    Part of:

    GLQ : a journal of lesbian and gay studies

    9(2003):1/2, s. 25-56

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  • Andersson, Åsa Konsten att åldras med värdighet

    Part of:

    Ambjörnsson, Fanny; Jönsson, Maria Livslinjer : berättelser om ålder, genus och sexualitet

    Göteborg: Makadam, 2010

    (2010) s. 93-122

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  • Jönsson, Maria "Det släpar efter i mig". Osamtidigt åldrande i Kerstin Thorwalls författarskap

    Part of:

    Ambjörnsson, Fanny; Jönsson, Maria Livslinjer : berättelser om ålder, genus och sexualitet

    Göteborg: Makadam, 2010

    (2010) s. 25-47

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  • Sandberg, Linn J. Affirmative old age. The ageing body and feminist theories on difference

    Part of:

    International journal of ageing and later life [Elektronisk resurs] : on line : IJAL

    Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2006-

    vol. 8 (2013) nr. 1 s. 11-40

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  • Siverskog, Anna Queera livslopp : att leva och åldras som lhbtq-person i en heteronormativ värld

    Linköping: Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för samhälls- och välfärdsstudier, 2016

    Sammanfattning och fulltext från Linköping University Electronic Press

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  • Behtoui, Alireza; Høyer Leivestad, Hege ”De andra” i den svenska akademiska eliten

    Part of:

    Eriksson, Bengt Erik; Holmqvist, Mikael; Sohl, Lena Eliter i Sverige : tvärvetenskapliga perspektiv på makt, status och klass

    Upplaga 1: Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2018

    s. 247-275

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  • Hübinette, Tobias; Lundström, Catrin Three phases of hegemonic whiteness: understanding racial temporalities in Sweden

    Part of:

    Social identities

    [Abingdon]: [Carfax],

    länk till artikel

    vol. 20 (2014) nr. 6 s. 423-437

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  • Lundström, Catrin Creating "international communities" in southern Spain. Self-segregation and "institutional whiteness" in Swedish lifestyle migration

    Part of:

    European journal of cultural studies.

    (2018) s. 1-18

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  • Sawyer, Lena Routings: "Race," African diasporas, and Swedish belonging

    Part of:

    Transforming anthropology

    19uu-

    vol. 11 (2002) nr. 1 s. 13-35

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  • Åhrén, Christina Är jag en riktig same? : en etnologisk studie av unga samers identitetsarbete

    Umeå: Institutionen för kultur- och medievetenskaper/ Etnologi, Umeå universtitet, 2008

    urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-1935

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  • Bettie, Julie Women without class : "chicas", "cholas", trash, and the presence/absence of class identity

    Part of:

    Signs : journal of women in culture and society

    Chicago, Ill.: Chicago U. P., 1975-

    26(2000):1, s. 1-35

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  • Helmerson, Erik Till medelklassens försvar

    Part of:

    Liberal debatt : den liberala idétidskriften

    Stockholm: Stiftelsen Liberal debatt, 2013-

    länk till artikel

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  • Lawler, Stephanie Disgusted subjects: the making of middle-class identities

    Part of:

    The sociological review.

    länk till artikel

    vol. 53 (2005) nr. 3 s. 429-446

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  • Praizovic, Lindija Idag ska vi läsa...

    Part of:

    Const literary (p)review

    Stockholm: Const literary (p)review, 2012-

    (2012) s. 28-55

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  • Skeggs, Beverly The Re-Branding of Class: Propertising Culture

    Part of:

    Devine, Fiona Rethinking class : culture, identities and lifestyles

    Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005

    (2005) s. 46-68

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  • Sohl, Lena; Molina, Irene Möjligheten som blivit nödvändighet: den uppåtgående klassresans ideologiska funktion

    Part of:

    Fronesis.

    vol. 40-41 (2012) s. 166-176

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