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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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   1.1 Definitions and Concepts

   1.2 Sex and Gender: Anthropological Perspectives

   1.3 Globalization


  • Africa: Introducing the Region
  • Mashoga, Mabasha, Magei: transformations in same sex relations on the East African coast
    • Deborah Amory, SUNY Empire State College
  • Reproductivity: a case study of the inscription of gender roles in the domestic division of labour for rural girls in Zimbabwe
    • Nolwazi Ncube,  University of Cape Town
  • ‘Girls are plantain, boys are cassava’: social constructions of gender and kinship in a matrilineal society
    • Dorothy Takyiakwaa, et. al. University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Profile: Nolwazi Ncube,  University of Cape Town


  • South & East Asia: Introducing the Region 
  • Nepal ‘The city’ and ‘the easy life’. Work and Gender among Sherpa in Nepal.
    • Alba Castellsagué & Sílvia Carrasco, Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona
  • Policing the Border by Policing Women’s Bodies:  Gender, Nationalism, and Nepal’s Citizenship Laws
    • Dannah Dennis &  Abha Lal NYU Shanghai Researcher at Martin Chautari 
  • Third Gender, Kinship, India Understanding family and kinship through hijra or ‘third’ gender community in India
    • Ina Goel The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Gender Identity; Women’s Language Appropriating and Rejecting Gender Ideologies: Girls’ Self-Referent Term Choice in Japan
    • Nona Moskowitz Wittenberg University
  • Profile: Blank Noise, Hemangini Gupta, National Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Profile: Women’s Shelter in Hanoi, Lynn Kwiatkowski, Colorado State University


  • Latin America & the Caribbean: Introducing the Region
  • Indigenous masculinities in Amazonian tourism
    • Ernesto J. Benitez, Florida International University
  • Quinceañeras: Girls’ Coming-of-Age Parties in Contemporary Havana, Cuba
    • Heidi Härkönen, University of Helsinki
  • Q’eqchi’-Maya Market Women in the Global Economy: Family, Tradition, and Memory in Capitalist Exchange
    • Ashley Kistler, Rollins College
  • An Intersectional Analysis of Black Masculinity in Northeast Brazil
    • Melanie Medeiros, SUNY Geneseo
  • Interrogating Michel Foucault’s history of sexuality: Jamaican realities of masculinities and sexuality
    • Natasha Mortley, University of the West Indies
  • Being a good Mexican man by embracing “erectile dysfunction”
    • Emily Wentzell, University of Iowa
  • Profile: “Oportunidades” Program in Mexico, Holly Dygert Northeastern University
  • Profile: Women’s Efforts to End Gender-Based Violence in Guatemala, Serena Cosgrove Seattle University


  • North America/Europe/Global North: Introducing the Region 
  • Male sex work: Intersections of Gender and Sexuality
    • Nathan Dawthorne, U Western Ontario
  • Intersectionality and Muslim women in Belgium
    • Elsa Mescoli, CEDEM – FaSS – University of Liège
  • Becoming a man and a father: Dilemmas of fathering from a distance
    • Elizabeth Perez Marquez, Universidad de Guadalajara
  • The backstage of postmodern mothering
    • Susan Tratner SUNY Empire State College
  • Profile: Kathleen Steinhauer: First Nations Activist in the Shadows, Sarah  Quick, Cottey College

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.