Gender & Inequality (Semester 3)


This course is an advanced course provided during the second year. With gender being integrated into all the sociology courses provided during the first year, this course will delve deeper into gender as a social category drawing from critical feminist theory & masculinity studies. Gender is approached in intersection with other identities of difference such as race, religion, caste and class. The readings include classical texts in feminist theory, subjectivity and identity politics in India and the west. The course enables students to make links and parallels between gendered oppressions and other forms of oppression, while also examining the differences between these identities and the ways in which they intersect in the lives of people. Students will grasp the differences between feminists and feminisms and will be able to understand broader issues of representation.



Simone de Beauvoir (1949) The Second Sex, Random House.

Judith Butler (1990) Gender Trouble, Routledge.

Mansfield, Nick (2000) Subjectivity: theories of the self from Freud to Haraway, Allen & Unwin, Australia.

Michel Foucault (1978) The History of Sexuality, Allen Lane.

Kimmel, Michael S. (2004) “Masculinity as homophobia: Fear, shame, and silence in the construction of gender identity.” Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study. Ed. Paula S. Rothenberg. New York: Worth.

  1. Anandhi, J. Jeyaranjan and Rajan Krishnan (2002) Work, Caste and Competing Masculinities: Notes from a Tamil Village, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 37, No. 43 (Oct. 26 – Nov. 1, 2002), pp. 4397-4406.

Chaudhuri, Maitrayee (2004) “Feminism in India: Issues in Contemporary Indian Feminism.” Kali for Women (2004).

Patricia Hill Collins (1999) The politics of Black Feminist Thought, in Collins, Patricia Hill. Black feminist thought: Knowledge, consciousness, and the politics of empowerment. Routledge.

Guru, Gopal. “Dalit women talk differently.” Economic and Political Weekly (1995): 2548-2550.