Sexuality, Governmentality, and the State

Course Number: 
HSL872
LTP structure: 
3-0-0
Discipline: 
Multi. Disc.
Credit: 
3.0

Pre-requisite

Course Objective

This course will provide a historical and sociological perspective to how law, nationalism, the state and community produce the citizen as an intimate being as much as a public figure. Debates over marriage, family, sexuality and migration enable us to understand the longue duree of sexual governance and the state.

Course Content

Sexual governance or state surveillance of issues pertaining to sexuality, marriage and mobility highlight the problematic division between the ‘public’ and the ‘private’. The ‘intimate’ sphere is no longer one that is outside the purview of states; indeed the ‘private’ or the ‘intimate’ is often co-produced as a corollary of the public face of a state’s legitimacy. Nationalism and patriotism are heavily grounded in issues pertaining to culture and sexuality, often thought of as ‘private’. This course will provide a historical and sociological perspective to how sexual governance – the control of women’s sexuality, conjugality and the definition of ‘marriage’ and the ‘family’ by a patriarchal state shows that the state has always concerned itself with the intimate lives of its citizens.

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