The Sociology of Gender Brownbag (or FemSem) meets every Thursday from 12:30 to 2pm in Social Sciences 2435 (unless otherwise noted).

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December 13, 2018
  • Femsem: Nona Gronert & end-of-term celebration

    December 13, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    We will be moving Femsem because Myra likely has an Executive Committee meeting at our normal time.

    "The Politics of Sexual Violence at State University: 1972-2017"

    Changes in the governance of sexual violence in higher education have inspired myriad prevention efforts and new sociological research. Universities now require that students, faculty, and staff learn about their schools’ systems to address sexual violence. However, the current systems are relatively new, continue to change, and vary widely between institutions. In my study, I investigate how the governance of sexual violence has changed from 1972 through 2017 at State University, a large, public, Midwestern university. I analyze student newspaper articles collected from 1972 through 2017 newspaper issues. My study compares the actions that State University’s administration has taken over the past 45 years (e.g. free nighttime transportation) with student-driven responses to sexual violence (e.g. “Take Back the Night” marches). My coding of the newspaper article dataset will reveal which organizations have endured and how their approaches have evolved. Ultimately, the changing governance of sexual violence illustrates upheavals in both gender politics and university systems.

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  • Publications

    Collections based in part on seminars:

    Gender, Violence, and Human Security: Critical Feminist Perspectives 
    Aili Tripp, Myra Marx Ferree, and Christina Ewig (eds) NYU Press, 2013.

    Global Feminisms
    Myra Marx Ferree and Aili Tripp (eds) NYU Press, 2006.

    Journal Publications:

    Choo, Hae Yeon and Myra Marx Ferree. 2013. “Sexual Citizenship and Suffering Subjects: Media Discourse about Teenage Homosexuality in South Korea.”  Pp 128-143 in Celine-Marie Pascale (ed), Social Inequality and the Politics of Representation: A Global Landscape, Sage.

    Choo, Hae Yeon and Myra Marx Ferree. 2010. "Practicing Intersectionality in Sociological Research: A Critical Analysis of Inclusions, Interactions and Institutions in the Study of Inequalities” Sociological Theory, 28 (2): 129-149.

    Christensen, Wendy M. and Myra Marx Ferree. "Cowboy of the World? Gender Discourse and the Iraq War Debate" (forthcoming 2008, Qualitative Sociology)

    Ewig, Christina and Myra Marx Ferrre. 2013. “Feminist Organizing: What’s Old, What’s New? History, Trends and Issues." Pp 437-461 in Georgina Waylen, Karen Celis, Johanna Kantola and Laurel Weldon (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics. Oxford University Press.

    Herd, Pamela (with Madonna Harrington Meyer) "Market Friendly or Family Friendly? The State and Gender Inequality in Old Age", 2007.

    Allendorf, Keera. 2007. “Couples’ Reports of Women’s Autonomy and Health-care Use in Nepal.” Studies in Family Planning 38(1): 35-46.

    Choo, Hae Yeon. 2006. “Gendered Modernity and Ethnicized Citizenship: North Korean Settlers in Contemporary South Korea.” Gender & Society 20(5): 576-604.

    Fujimura, Joan "'Sex Genes': A Critical Socio-Material Approach to the Politics and Molecular Genetics of Sex Determination." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 2006, vol. 32, no. 1.

    Swider, Sarah. 2006. “Working Women of the World Unite? Labor organizing and transnational gender solidarity among domestic workers in Hong Kong” pp. 110-140, in Global Feminism, edited by Myra Marx Ferree and Alil Mari Tripp

    Jessica Autumn Brown and Myra Marx Ferree “Close Your Eyes and Think of England: Pronatalism in the British Print Media” Gender & Society, 2005 19(1): 5-24

    Jessica Brown “In Praise of Good Breeding: Pronatalism and Race in the British Print Media,” Journal of Women’s History, 2003. 15(3): 161-166

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