CHID 480C: Racialized Reproduction and Biopolitics of the State (Saung)
Historically, the U.S. has been deeply implicated in strategies of racialized population control tactics. This course will trace these biopolitical histories by examining power as emergent in Michel Foucault’s The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1. Through this understanding of biopower, we will then analyze how it operates in various moments. These include the development of the field of gynecology, the development of the various modes of state control through reproduction, and globalized reproductive industries. This course will also analyze state policing of sexuality through legislation such as age of consent laws, abstinence only sex education policies, and currently proposed anti-abortion bills throughout the nation. Through these moments of overt state interventions into reproduction, we can begin to understand the role (and identities) of the (un)desireable citizen.