What do witches in colonial Guatemala, nuns in a Mexican convent, born-again gang members in El Salvador, Catholics seeking in-vitro fertilization in Ecuador, and lesbian practitioners of Candomble in Brazil have in common? Their experiences tell us something about the complex intersection of sex, gender, and religion in Latin America. This course draws on anthropological methods and scholarship to consider two central questions: (1) How do religious ideologies and institutions shape sexuality and gender in Latin America? (2) How do Latin Americans contest gender norms, patriarchy, and heteronormativity through their religious practices, thus contributing to larger processes of social change? To address these questions, this class focuses on the social scientific study of diverse religious communities in Latin America from the pre-Columbian past to the present.
Also Offered As
ANTH 316, GWS 316, LAS 316, ANTH 316, GWS 316, LAS 316, ANTH 316, GWS 316, LAS 316, ANTH 316, GWS 316, LAS 316, ANTH 316, GWS 316, LAS 316
General Ed (Begins 2022)
General Ed-Tiers (Before 2022)
General Education Attributes