SO4B4 Half Unit
The New Reproductive Sociology
This information is for the 2019/20 session.
Prof Charis Thompson STC.S102
This course is available on the MSc in Culture and Society, MSc in Economy, Risk and Society and MSc in Sociology. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
Prioirty will be given to students on the MSc Sociology, MSc Economy, Risk and Society and MSc Culture and Society.
The field of Reproductive Sociology is opening up new areas to empirical sociological research and spurring exciting new directions in sociological theory. The study of social reproduction, of assisted reproductive and selecting technologies, and of gendered bodily and emotional labor reveals patterns of globalization and domestic intersectional stratification, new definitions of the family, thriving markets in bodily and intimate labour, and new migratory pathways. Theoretically, reproductive sociology lends new understanding to debates about the future of work, new forms of the division of labour, expansion of markets and limits to markets, migration, platform capitalism, and inequality. Reproductive sociology makes evident fungibilities among economic, moral, bodily, aesthetic, social, and cultural capital and takes these interfaces as a lens through which to interrogate the very foundations of social order and change.
25 hours of seminars in the LT.
Students will be expected to produce 1 piece of coursework in the LT.
An annotated bibliography for the summative essay.
Viviana Zelizer, The Purchase of Intimacy, 2010
Ashley Mears, Pricing Beauty, 2011
Sarah Franklin, Biological Relatives, 2014
Evelynn Nakano Glenn, Forced to Care, 2010
Charis Thompson, 2014. Three Times a Woman: Voting, Egg Donation, Cosmetics, and the Punctuated Gendering of Stem Cell Innovation in California.
Alondra Nelson, The Social Life of DNA, 2016
Osagie Obasogie and Marcy Darnovsky, eds., Beyond Bioethics, Toward a New Biopolitics, 2018
Katherine Dow, Making a Good Life, 2016
Essay (80%, 4000 words) in the ST.
In class assessment (20%) in the LT.
20% will be assessed for seminar participation, split equally between leading student discussion once during the term, and participating actively in discussion and listening throughout the term. Students will be asked to submit a one-paragraph description of something they contributed and something they learned from their peers, and a one-paragraph description of their participation at the end of the course.
Total students 2018/19: Unavailable
Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable
Controlled access 2018/19: No
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Specialist skills