FEMST 185BP TR 9:30 — 10:45 AM Gender & Culture: HSSB 1236 Empire and Labor Regimes SPRING 2015 Professor Teresa Figueroa What can we learn from examining women’s labor markets? What is the relation between empire building and labor? From an interdisciplinary perspective, this course ANALYZES the construction of Empires and their incorporation of male and female labor at home and abroad. Working class women struggle to reconcile the labor mobility of their husbands THROUGH transnational separation and eventual abandonment, having young households, AS WELL AS motherhood and social stigma. Because poor women have precarious livelihoods in the Third World, they increasingly join global capitalist markets in the First World. In this context, Third World women become transnational nurses, domestic employees, and farm workers providing intimate care or contributing to the social AND ECONOMIC reproduction of society. Through the ethnographic lens of Mexican and Filipino women (and male) workers in the United States and Israel, this course will comparatively analyze the relation between empire and labor and assess its social implications for ourselves writ large.