Lecture 2: Bodies, Culture, and Power

ASSIGNED READING: Body Battlegrounds (selections)
Body Battlegrounds: Transgressions, Tensions, and Transformations. Edited by Chris Bobel and Samantha Kwan. Vanderbilt University Press.

Please read the following short essays from the book (just a total of 11 pages):
●      “Pretty Brown: Encounters with My Skin Color” by Praveena Lakshmanan (pgs. 58-60)
●      “I Am a Person Now: Autism, Indistinguishability, and (Non)optimal Outcome”, by Alyssa Hillary (pgs. 110-112)
●      “‘Showing Our Muslim’: Embracing the Hijab in the Era of Paradox”, by Sara Rehman (pgs. 165-167)
●      “‘Doing Out’: A Black Dandy Defies Gender Norms in the Bronx”, by Mark Broomfield (pgs. 168-170)

Unmarked Categories
During the lecture, we’ll be discussing the concept of the ‘unmarked category’ and watching this 5-minute video. It’s also included here as well, just as a reference.

Gestures Around the World, from Nigeria to Korea, to Poland

Dating Beyond Borders: Body Contact on the First Date
We watched this during the lecture. Here it is in case you’d like to watch again or share!