352 Anthropology of 'Race', Gender and Sexuality

Key information

Start date
End date
Year of study
Year 2 or Year 3
Term 2
Module code
FHEQ Level

Module overview

This module explores the intersection and social construction of 'race' and gender through an anthropological lens. The course emphasises the lived realities of race and gender and how these have been shaped by cultural, historical and economic power relations. At the same time, we explore how the categories of race and gender have been the object of scientific discourses and technologies of control. By looking at whiteness as a system of power that undergirds gendered ideologies and privileges, the course critically analyses knowledge practices and the representation of race and gender in science and media.


Guided option for students on:

  • BA Social Anthropology (Year 2 or Year 3)
  • BA Social Anthropology and... (Year 3)

This module is also a School-wide Open Option (Year 2 or Year 3). No prerequisites.

Suggested reading

Representative readings:

  • Anderson, M. 2019. From Boas to Black Power. Racism, Liberalism, and American Anthropology. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

  • Bosworth, M., & Flavin, J. (2007). Race, gender, and punishment: From colonialism to the war on terror. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.

  • Braun, L. (2014) Breathing Race into the Machine: The Surprising Career of the Spirometer from Plantation to Genetics. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

  • Edmonds, A. (2011) Pretty Modern: Beauty, Sex, and Plastic Surgery in Brazil. Durham: Duke University Press

  • Heyes, C.J. and Jones, M. (2009) Cosmetic Surgery: A Feminist Primer. London: Ashgate.
    Hill, Collins, P., 2004. Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism, Routledge, 2004.

  • Miller-Young, Mireille (2014) A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography. Durham: Duke University Press.

  • Mills, C. 2007. White Ignorance, in Shannon Sullivan and Nancy Tuana (eds), Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance. Albany, NY: SUNY Press ,pp. 13–38.

  • Mire, A. (2019). Wellness in Whiteness. Taylor & Francis

  • Roy, D. (2018). Molecular feminisms: Biology, becomings, and life in the lab. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

  • Stovall. T., 2006. Race and the making of the nation: blacks in modern France in Gomez, M. A. Diasporic Africa: A reader. New York: New York University Press.


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