This is an introductory course on gender and its relationship with politics seen through the main contributions of the feminist theory. In this context, the course explores the concept of citizen capacity as it connects with issues of gender equality, democracy, and political system, as well as the ways in which the feminist analysis critically approaches political theories and practices. It also analyzes identity construction and representation of gender in their historical dimension, focusing on the female body and using the concept of patriarchy as the main analytical tool.
Moreover, through the critical reading of feminist and gender theories, the course attempts to explore the relations of power, not exclusively on the basis of male dominance but also in relation to other forms of power. In the context of intersectionality, the course examines the relation between gender and state, race, and class, as well as other contemporary ideologies, such as neoliberalism, to further inform the way in which we comprehend and interpret the world around us, politics, and, in the end, gender itself.
For a more comprehensive view of the issue, the course explores the birth of the feminist movement and its main thought currents, the contemporary theories regarding the “female” and gender, and the theories of masculinity and male supremacy. Bringing the discussion to the present, we focus on the anti-feminist counterattack and on the politics of the (far) right in relation to gender issues.
- Valerie Bryson, Φεμινιστική πολιτική θεωρία, Μεταίχμιο, Αθήνα 2005.
- Μάρω Παντελίδου Μαλούτα, Το φύλο της δημοκρατίας. Ιδιότητα του πολίτη και έμφυλα υποκείμενα, Σαββάλας, Αθήνα 2002.
- Διοτίμα, Κέντρο Γυναικείων Μελετών και Ερευνών, Το φύλο των δικαιωμάτων, Νεφέλη, Αθήνα 1999.
- Mary Evans, Φύλο και κοινωνική θεωρία, Μεταίχμιο, Αθήνα 2004.
- Sylviane Agacinski, Πολιτική των φύλων, Πόλις, Αθήνα 2000.
- Μάρθα Μιχαηλίδου, Αλεξάνδρα Χαλκιά (επιμ.), Η παραγωγή του κοινωνικού σώματος, Δίνη/Κατάρτι, Αθήνα 2005.