Gender, Place and Culture
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The objective of this paper is to provide a forum for studying ‘difference’ in relation to gender, place and culture. To understand ‘difference’ we will draw on postmodernist, poststructuralist, antiracist, postcolonial, Māori, feminist, queer, Marxist and socialist perspectives. The aim is to examine various ways of challenging, dismantling, and transforming systems and structures of exploitation, oppression and imperialism. Cultural and social geographers examine issues of discourse, power, justice, the body, difference, hybridity, transnationalism, actor networks, resistance, transgression, performance and representation.
The title of this paper, ‘Gender, Place and Culture’, was ‘borrowed’ from a journal that carries the same name. This journal began publishing in 1994. Two University of Waikato geographers – Professors Robyn Longhurst and Lynda Johnston - have held terms as Editors of the journal. Another staff member, Dr Gail Adams-Hutcheson, has been an editorial assistant. A full set is held in the University of Waikato Library. It is also available online. The journal is an excellent resource for students enrolled in this paper.
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
Learning outcomes: Gender, Place and Culture
Linked to the following assessments:
- illustrate geographers’ concerns with difference, the transgression of boundaries and the intersections between gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, class and other social divisions;
- open up a space to discuss feminism, masculinity, gender variance and cultural politics within the discipline of geography;
- explore likely future developments in feminist, social and cultural geography;
- be able to organise and communicate ideals in a logical and coherent way;
- develop skills in critical reading and thinking;
- be able to form independent opinions as well as the capacity to know when these opinions are worth defending and when they might better be revised.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.
Error: Assessment components must add up to 100%
At least one Assessment Component needs to be entered
|Component Description||Due Date||Time||Percentage of overall mark||Submission Method||Compulsory|
|1. Assessment 1: Weekly reading questions and workshop participation||
|2. Assessment 2: Emotion, identity and place: Autogeographical project||
12 Apr 2021
|3. Assessment 3: Presentation of your autogeographical project||
21 May 2021
No set time
|4. Assessment 4: Moodle quiz||
11 Jun 2021
Required and Recommended Readings*
Weekly readings are available online through Moodle / Talis Aspire at: http://www.waikato.ac.nz/library/readinglists
Also, I highly recommended the following books:
Panelli, Ruth (2004) Social Geographies: From Difference to Action, Sage: London.
Valentine, Gill (2014) Social Geographies: Space and Society, Prentice Hall: Harlow
Linkages to Other Papers*
Restricted papers: GEOG309