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COURSE CATALOGUE : FISHER CENTER

The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men provides interdisciplinary courses to bring students together to pursue in-depth study of issues related to gender and social justice through the Center’s yearly theme. Courses are coordinated with the series’ evening lectures to offer students and others the opportunity for sustained conversation around central concerns for contemporary culture. Yearly themes have looked at globalization, collectivity and the commons, arts and activism, and sex and debt. The 2015-2016 theme was Gender, Climate, and the Anthropocene. The theme for 2016-2017 is No Place Like Home.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
FSCT 202 Can’t Buy Me Love: The Commodification of everyday Life What does it mean when you pay someone to look after your elderly parents, clean your house, walk your dog or even to spend time with you? In today's service-based economy, it is strikingly difficult to think of a service or activity that one cannot buy, from the more mainstream care and cleaning services; to the more specialized services of sex workers; doulas; therapists, beauticians, dating and relationship assistants, personal assistants, trainers and shoppers. One of the defining features of neoliberal capitalism has been the transformations that have occurred to labor and life, in which the male breadwinner and his `non-working¿ housewife have been replaced with new and differently problematic ideals. In this course we will consider how the proliferation of commodified forms of reproduction has had a profound effect on where such work takes place and how the expansion of markets has also disrupted previously naturalized discourses of what can and ought to be bought and sold.

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