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Rinaldo, Rachel Ann Assistant Professor

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  • Rachel Rinaldo is a cultural sociologist interested in how globalization and modernity shape gender norms and practices, particularly in developing countries and Muslim societies. Her first book Mobilizing Piety: Islam and Feminism in Indonesia is an ethnographic study of women activists in the country with the world's largest Muslim population. She examines how different groups of activists engage with global discourses of Islam and feminism, and argues that new forms of agency and subjectivity are emerging as activists both draw on and transform these frameworks. She is currently working on a qualitative study of marriage and divorce in urbanizing Java, as well as a study of the globalization of contemporary art in Southeast Asia.

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  • cultural sociology, sex and gender, globalization, southeast asia, ethnography and qualitative research, religion, muslim societies, social change, indonesia

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  • SOCY 3001 - Classical Theory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
    In-depth study of classical sociological theorists, particularly Marx, Durkheim, and Weber. Examines their roles in defining the discipline of sociology.
  • SOCY 3046 - Topics in Sex and Gender
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Faculty present courses based on their area of expertise and specialization in the field of sex and gender. Students should check current sociology department notices of course offerings for specific topics. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours for different topics. Same as WGST 3046.
  • SOCY 5181 - Logics of Qualitative Inquiry
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    A required first-year seminar that introduces the logics of qualitative inquiry in sociology. Introduces the history of qualitative epistemology. Considers the logic of common qualitative methodologies and qualitative research representations. Engages with the logics of inquiry in classic and more recent well regarded qualitative sociological works.
  • SOCY 6041 - Cultural Sociology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores the cultural turn in sociology and related disciplines. Reviews basic themes in cultural studies: distinguishing cultural and social; narrative as catalyst between symbols and practices; cultural production processes; self as embodied; culture and power; methods and epistemological issues. Students present their own projects in class and as research papers.
  • SOCY 7006 - Sociology of Sex and Gender
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Theoretical and empirical examination of sex stratification, sex role differentiation, and sex differences in socialization, personality, institutions, and culture.

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