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Global Perspectives on Gender

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  • Affiliation: Empire State College

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Nadine T. Fernandez,

Katie Nelson,

About the text

This textbook will take a regional approach to examining gendered lives from a social science perspective (primarily anthropological). Chapters will highlight individual contributor’s research, contextualizing their findings within specific geographic regions. Chapters will also feature short project/people profiles that highlight the work of community or political leaders, non-governmental organizations, or local projects that address gender related issues in a specific location.  


This project is supported by SUNY OER Services and has received funding from NYS in support of OER


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Part 1: Introduction

Chapter 1: Key Concepts
Katie A. Nelson, Inver Hills Community College and Nadine T. Fernandez, SUNY Empire State College

Chapter 2: Key Perspectives
Nadine T. Fernandez, SUNY Empire State College and Katie A. Nelson, Inver Hills Community College

Part 2: South Asia

Chapter 3: South Asia: Introducing the Region
Ina Goel, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 

Chapter 4: Controlling National Borders by Controlling Reproduction: Gender, Nationalism and Nepal’s Citizenship Laws.
Dannah Dennis, Hamilton College &  Abha Lal, NYU Shanghai   

Chapter 5: Understanding Caste and Kinship with Hijras, a ‘Third’ Gender Community in India
Ina Goel, The Chinese University of Hong Kong  

Chapter 6: Nepal ‘The city’ and ‘the easy life’. Work and Gender among Sherpa in Nepal.
Alba Castellsagué & Sílvia Carrasco, Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona

 Part 3: Latin America

Chapter 7: Latin America: Introducing the Region
Serena Cosgrove, Seattle University & Ana Marina Tzul Tzul, Universidad Rafael  Landívar-Quetzaltenango Campus, Guatemala

Chapter 8: Being a Good Mexican Man by Embracing “Erectile Dysfunction”
Emily Wentzell, University of Iowa

Chapter 9: Intersectionality and Normative Masculinity in Northeast Brazil
Melanie Medeiros, SUNY Geneseo

Chapter 10: Mexico’s Anti-poverty Program Oportunidades and the Shifting Dynamics of Citiznenship for  Program in Mexico Ñuu Savi (Mixtec) Village Women
Holly Dygert, Northeastern University

Chapter 11: Q’eqchi’-Maya Women: Memory, Markets, and Multi-Level Marketing in Guatemala
Ashley Kistler, Rollins College

 Part 4: The Caribbean

Chapter 12: The Caribbean: Introducing the Region
Nadine T. Fernandez, SUNY Empire State College

Chapter 13: Quinceañeras: Girls’ Coming-of-Age Parties in Contemporary Havana, Cuba
Heidi Härkönen, University of Helsinki  

Chapter 14: Jamaican Realities of Masculinities and Sexualities: Where Have we Come Since Michel Foucault? Natasha Mortley,  University of the West Indies  

 Part 5: The Global North

Chapter 15: The Global North (North America & Europe): Introducing the Region
Lara Braff, Grossmont College & Katie Nelson, Inver Hills Community College

Chapter 16: Mother’s Acting Up Online
Susan Tratner, SUNY Empire State College

Chapter 17: Male sex work: Intersections of Gender and Sexuality
Nathan Dawthorne, University of Western Ontario  

Chapter 18: Intersectionality and Muslim Women in Belgium
Elsa Mescoli, CEDEM – FaSS – University of Liège

Chapter 19: Fatherhood and Family Relations in Transnational Migration from Mezcala, Mexico 
Elizabeth Perez Marquez, Universidad de Guadalajara  

Nadine T. Fernandez

Dr. Nadine T. Fernandez is a cultural anthropologist and professor in the Social Science & Public Affairs Department at SUNY Empire State College. She has BA in Urban Studies and History from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters and PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.  She has over 20 years of experience teaching traditional and non-traditional students in the classroom and online, and has recently begun creating and using Open Educational Resources (OERs) in her courses.  Her research examines migration, race and gender relations in Cuba. In 2015 she received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Her publications include: Revolutionizing Romance: interracial couples in contemporary Cuba (Rutgers University Press 2010); an edited book (with Christian Groes) Intimate Mobilities: sexual economies, marriage and migration in a disparate world (Berghahn Books 2018); and several book chapters and journal articles.

Katie Nelson

Katie Nelson is an instructor of anthropology at Inver Hills Community College. Her research focuses on identity, belonging and citizenship(s) among migrant and undocumented populations in the U.S., Mexico and Morocco. She is particularly interested in examining how migrants forge a sense of identity and belonging in the contexts of national discourses that problematize their presence.

She received her BA in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from Macalester College, her MA in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an MA in Education and Instructional Technology from the University of Saint Thomas and her Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology from CIESAS Occidente, Guadalajara, Mexico.

Dr. Nelson serves as the Online Content Editor for the Teaching and Learning Anthropology Journal. She is also a managing editor for Explorations: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology, a forthcoming open access textbook. She recently authored a chapter in Perspectives: An Open Access to Cultural Anthropology, an open access textbook.