Love or Money? Global Markets for Intimate Labor

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Sociology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Glbl Mark. for Intimate Labor

Fall 2019

Taught By: Sidra Kamran

Section: A

CRN: 7220

Credits: 4

Markets for intimate labor such as care work, reproductive labor, sex work, and domestic work are shaped by gendered, racialized, and classed transnational flows. This course examines how the commodification of such types of labor—that are traditionally associated with love, care, and/or the private realm of the home—occurs unevenly across the world. Together we will inquire, can the “economic” be separated from the “intimate” or are these two spheres often entangled? What are the implications of this entanglement for different groups? The first part of the course introduces students to conceptual frameworks that help us understand commodification, global labor markets, and gendered and racialized forms of intimate labor. The second part draws on ethnographic studies of intimate labor to understand the local specificities of this phenomenon and the transnational exchanges of such labor. The last part of the course is a critical evaluation of the “do what you love” discourse in relation to labors of love such as paid and unpaid creative, emotional, and academic labor. In a rapidly transforming landscape of work, we will evaluate the historical and contemporary ways in which love, work, and money are often intertwined in our global landscape. In doing so, we will discuss the political and social implications of this spatially uneven commodification of intimate labor.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Sociology (LSOC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:26pm 2/16/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 600

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019