Margaret Abraham comments on Huffington Post article

The United Nations Millenium Goals (MDGS) agenda officially draws to an end in 2014. While the next few years will provide us time to critically access the success and limitations of the MDG, now is the time for us, as sociologists, and for the broader public to actively weigh in and contribute to the ongoing global discussion on framing the post-2015 development agenda. Continue reading “Margaret Abraham comments on Huffington Post article”

Elora Halim Chowdhury comments on book, Transnationalism Reversed

Acid attacks against women and girls in South Asia have captured the attention of the global media, and humanitarian aid organizations. In Bangladesh, reasons for the attacks include women’s rejection of sexual advances from men, refusal of marriage proposals, family or land disputes, and unmet dowry demands. The consequences are multiple: permanent marks on the body, disfiguration, and potential blindness. In Transnationalism Reversed, I explore the complicated terrain of women’s transnational antiviolence organizing by focusing on the work done in Bangladesh around acid attacks—and the ways in which the state, international agencies, local expatriates, US media, Bangladeshi immigrants in the United States, survivor-activists, and local women’s organizations engage the pragmatics and the transnational rhetoric of empowerment, rescue, and rehabilitation. Tracking a multi-sited campaign over a period of fifteen years, and examining the multiple axes of oppression – globalization, patriarchy, and rising religious extremism in the region, and grounded in ethnographic work, oral history, and theoretical and filmic analysis, Transnationalism Reversed strives to make a contribution to conversations around gendered violence, transnational feminist praxis, and the politics of organizing—particularly around NGOs—in the global South. Continue reading “Elora Halim Chowdhury comments on book, Transnationalism Reversed”

An Immigrant Wife’s Place? In the Home, According to Visa Policy

American Visa (XL)

Do most of us still live in a 1950 nuclear family where dad goes off to work and mom stays home to take care of the family? Not in real life. But that lifestyle is enshrined in the United States’ dependent visa policies. According to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Leave it to Beaver way of life is the only way skilled workers’ migrant families ought to live. Continue reading “An Immigrant Wife’s Place? In the Home, According to Visa Policy”

Why gender can trump reciprocity

Sayings such as “what you give is what you get” and “one good turn deserves another” are everyday descriptions of reciprocity – the idea that gifts demand a return. Academics across various disciplines stress the importance of reciprocity to society. But are men and women equally likely to secure reciprocity? Feminists have long exposed the invisibility of women’s caring labor. Our study examined whether returns to “gifts of labor” (such as child care, gardening and repairs) were influenced by gender. Continue reading “Why gender can trump reciprocity”

Symposium for the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act

Which Policies Promote Gender Pay Equality? Why do women still earn less than men? One central factor is women’s caregiving

Why do women earn less than men? Research points to a number of different explanations, but one of the central factors remains women’s caregiving responsibilities. The wages of childless men and women have been converging steadily over the last three decades – but mothers continue to earn significantly less, while fathers earn a bit more. These motherhood and fatherhood effects have been stable over time while childless women’s wages have been rising, even though mothers are increasingly likely to be employed. Continue reading “Symposium for the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act”

Your social status and gender influences how others see your race

Researchers find that your social status—from how much money you make to whether you are married and where you live—and your gender influences how others see your race

June 4— Quick: Picture a single mother on food stamps. Now picture a married mother shopping for her family in the suburbs. How do these women look different?Many Americans would imagine the first mother as black, even though the majority of women on food stamps are white. Continue reading “Your social status and gender influences how others see your race”

Eric Anderson comments on Atlantic article

The relationship between homophobia and sexism is enduring—if not among today’s youth, at least among gender scholars. As powerful as the linkage between sexism and homophobia seems however, to assume that the two are necessarily always entangled also detracts from the very real ways that men are marginalized for being gay apart from sexism. We do not need sexism to have homophobia, and we do not need homophobia to have sexism. Continue reading “Eric Anderson comments on Atlantic article”