Rethinking the Family, Sex, and Gender

A woman in a black shirt holds hands with a child in a red shirt while walking in a field.

A mother and her child hold hands. (Image courtesy of Wilson X on Flickr.)


MIT Course Number

21A.232J / WGS.172

As Taught In

Fall 2010



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Course Description

Through investigating cross-cultural case studies, this course introduces students to the anthropological study of the social institutions and symbolic meanings of family, household, gender, and sexuality. We will explore the myriad forms that families and households take and evaluate their social, emotional, and economic dynamics.

Heather Paxson. 21A.232J Rethinking the Family, Sex, and Gender, Fall 2010. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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