Goal 1:Understand relative nature of GLOBALIZATION & SEXUALITYThese terms/concepts have many, many definitions that are often competing and contradictory.They also have mixed effects.These terms/concepts are not fixed, not pre-given, not unidirectional, not right or wrong.
Goal 2: (this one has 3 parts) A. Knowledge accumulation, analysis, and interpretation as we understand it has a history. We understand because we’ve learned to understand--from a university model that originated in Europe, flourished in the U.S., and is based on post- Enlightenment reasoning.
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B. Because our knowledge is made throughwestern procedures that make meaning,we cannot KNOW a pre-western, original,or authentic form of culture or sexuality.
C. Any claims that something is WESTERNor ORIGINAL/AUTHENTIC/PURE aresuspect. For our purposes, everything isinterconnected, even historical accounts,even scientific accounts, even statisticalaccounts.
Goal 3:That doesn’t mean there’s no reason tostudy--only that there’s no way to KNOWan ABSOLUTE TRUTH.
Why Study Transnational Perspectives? We study TP to learn about other cultures and practices without concluding we KNOW. We study TP to learn about how our own beliefs are situated as “natural.” We study TP to better understand western knowledge production.