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Feminist Studies of Work - YMG171
Anglický název: Feminist Studies of Work
Zajišťuje: Katedra genderových studií (24-KGS)
Fakulta: Fakulta humanitních studií
Platnost: od 2018
Semestr: zimní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:1/0 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (neurčen)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
student může plnit i v dalších letech
Garant: Mgr. Ĺubica Kobová, M.A., Ph.D.
Vyučující: Mgr. Ĺubica Kobová, M.A., Ph.D.
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Ĺubica Kobová, M.A., Ph.D. (23.02.2018)
The course proceeds from the understanding of work in capitalist economy as wage labor and subsequent feminist criticism of this understanding from the perspective of social reproduction. Following themes are thus covered: wage labor; production/reproduction; Fordist and post-Fordist gender contract; precarious labor; low-paid jobs in manufacturing and services; affective and emotional labor; articulation (reconciliation) of working and family life; union organizing; automation and post-work society; work ethics; disability and work. The readings include feminist, sociological, political and economic theory, casestudies, ethnographies and historical writing. The course is taught seminar-style, i.e. it consists mainly of the discussion of assigned readings and films and documentaries. Formal lecturing will be kept to a minimum.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Ĺubica Kobová, M.A., Ph.D. (23.02.2018)

·        To familiarize oneself with feminist perspectives on forms of work nowadays.

·        To familiarize oneself with various disciplinary and methodological approaches in the research of work.

·        To learn how to apply the academic themes discussed to current affairs and everyday life situations. 

·        To develop analytical and critical thinking skills.

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Ĺubica Kobová, M.A., Ph.D. (23.02.2018)

Course schedule


Week 1 (February 22) Introduction

No required reading.

Week 2 (March 1) Marxist understanding of work. Work ethics

Marx, K. (1965). Capital : volume I. Moscow: Progress Publishers. Chapter 1: Commodities; Section 2: The two-fold Character of the Labour Embodied in Commodities. Available at: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1867-c1/ch01.htm#S2

Weeks, K. (2011). The problem with work : feminism, Marxism, antiwork politics, and postwork imaginaries. Durham: Duke University Press. Chapter 1: Mapping the work ethics, pp. 37 – 78. Available at: https://libcom.org/files/the-problem-with-work_-feminism-marxism-kathi-weeks.pdf


Week 3 (March 8) Social reproduction and care

Fraser, N. (2016). Contradictions of capital and care. New Left Review(100), 99-117.


Week 4 (March 15) Factory work

Maciejewska, M. (2012). Exhausted bodies and precious products: women's work in a Special Economic Zone for the electronics industry in Poland. Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation, 6(2), 94-112.


Week 5 (March 22) Emotional and affective work

Penz, O., Sauer, B., Gaitsch, M., Hofbauer, J., & Glinsner, B. (2017). Post-bureaucratic encounters: Affective labour in public employment services. Critical Social Policy, 1 - 22. doi:10.1177/0261018316681286

Warhurst, C., & Nickson, D. (2009). ‘Who's got the look?’ : emotional, aesthetic and sexualized labour in interactive services. Gender, Work & Organization, 16(3), 385-404. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0432.2009.00450.x

(March 29)
No class – Dean’s day

(April 5) No class – The instructor is at a conference – Reading week

Week 6 (April 12) Flexible work of new professionals

Peuter, G. d., Cohen, N. S., & Saraco, F. (2017). The ambivalence of coworking: On the politics of an emerging work practice. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 20(6), 687-706. doi:10.1177/1367549417732997


Week 7 (April 19) Precarious work of supermarket cashiers

Jacobs, A. W., & Padavic, I. (2015). Hours, Scheduling and Flexibility for Women in the US Low-Wage Labour Force. Gender, Work & Organization, 22(1), 67-86. doi:10.1111/gwao.12069

Smith, A., & Elliott, F. (2012). The demands and challenges of being a retail store manager: ‘Handcuffed to the front doors’. Work, Employment & Society, 26(4), 676-684. doi:10.1177/0950017012445091


Week 8 (April 26) Articulation (blending as well as reconciliation) of working and family life

Gregg, M. (2011). Work's intimacy. Cambridge, UK; Malden, MA: Polity. Chapter 2: Working from home: the mobile office and the seduction of convenience, pp. 39 – 55.

Warren, T. (2015). Work–life balance/imbalance: the dominance of the middle class and the neglect of the working class. The British Journal of Sociology, 66(4), 691-717. doi:10.1111/1468-4446.12160


Week 9 (May 3) Occupational health and worker safety

Rosner, D., & Markowitz, G. (2006). Deadly dust : silicosis and the politics of occupational disease in twentieth-century America (2nd ed.). Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press. Chapter 1: The „cabinet of curiosities“: silicosis and the recognition of industrial disease, pp. 13 – 48.


Week 10 (May 10) Workers’ organizing and labor unions

Kubisa, J. (2016). Gendered division of trade union protests? Strategies, activities and outcomes of union activity among miners and nurses in Poland. Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research, 22(3), 331-345. doi:10.1177/1024258916650409


Week 11 (May 17) Automation and technooptimistic feminism

Hester, H. (2018). Xenofeminism. Oxford: Polity Press. The extract will be uploaded during the semester.

Piasna, A., & Drahokoupil, J. (2017). Gender inequalities in the new world of work. Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research, 23(3), 313-332. doi:10.1177/1024258917713839


Week 12 (May 24) Refusal of work

Weeks, K. (2017). Down with love : feminist critique and the new ideologies of work. WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly, 45(3), 37-58.

Hatcher, J., & Tu, T. L. N. (2017). "Make what you love" : homework, the handmade, and the precarity of the maker movement. WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly, 45(3), 271-286.


Syllabus can be subject to change during the semester.


The recommended literature is included in the pdf version of the syllabus


Academic integrity: Correct referencing and crediting others for their work is inseparable part of academic integrity. Plagiarism of any kind – be it intentional or not – is not acceptable and will be referred to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities as well as to the Disciplinary Committee for consideration. Students are expected to follow the rules of correct referencing that they will familiarize themselves with in the Academic Writing and Literary Theory course.

Electronic policy Use of laptops is not forbidden. However, reading and annotating of printed texts as well as notetaking in handwriting is strongly encouraged.

Special learning accommodations policy If you have a disability for which you may be requesting an accommodation, please, notify your instructor.

Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Ĺubica Kobová, M.A., Ph.D. (23.02.2018)

·        Students are required to attend all classes. In case of absence from the class, the student must notify the instructor in advance with regard to the absence and the reason for the absence.

·        Students are expected to actively participate in the class discussion. Therefore it is important to carefully read the assigned readings before the class.

The preparation for the discussion involves:

-        A short summary of the text (or texts), which clearly identifies the topic, main thesis, argumentation and concepts stated and used in the text. Students are not expected to write long retellings of texts; shorter notes in handwriting, which serve as preparation for class, are sufficient.

-        Written formulation of at least one question with regard to the text (or texts) to be analyzed in class.

The aforementioned preparation will be checked by the instructor randomly during semester.

·        Presentation (25 %).

Each student will give one presentation of the required readings at the beginning of the class. The presentation should not be a summary, but a discussion of key concepts, themes, argumentation and debates. The text should be situated within a broader context. Try to think about the potential implications of the text for current affairs: Can we use the arguments and analytical tools of the text for understanding “our” societies? If yes, how? Also, prepare at least two questions to be discussed in class.

·        Biographical reflection on work (25 %).

Describe your own or someone else’s (friend, family member, relative, colleague etc.) work experience. Can the particular work experience covered be described as flexible or precarious labor or a secure job? (You will familiarize yourself with these concepts and arguments in classes before the assignment is due.) For inspiration, see a collection of texts of autobiographical writing, reporting and oral history writing on work available in SIS.

Some guiding questions: Which jobs did I have in the past three years? What were my work duties according to the contract? What were my work duties in reality? What did my working day look like? Was I satisfied with the remuneration for my work? What were the reasons behind leaving my previous jobs? Can I describe my job as precarious? Can I describe my job as flexible? What are the advantages of my work? What are the disadvantages? Do I remember a situation, an anecdote that succinctly summarizes the nature of work I do?

Required length: app. 750 words. The assignment should be submitted via Turnitin by April 23rd, 23:59.

·        Final research paper (50 %).

The final paper is to be an in-depth discussion of a problem, debate or event that you find important and that is relevant to the course. The paper can be theoretical as well as based on empirical material (interviews, media analysis, policy analysis etc.). Required length: 2 250 – 3 750 words. The assignment should be submitted via Turnitin. The deadlines (i.e. exam dates in SIS) will be announced in the last class on May 24th.

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