For Love and Money: Rethinking the Family

Two handsome, well-dressed men of color hold an infant, with a pink bow around her head.

The Burgess-Allen Family: Rashad Burgess, Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen III, and their daughter Caylee. (Image courtesy of Trent Kelley on flickr. License CC BY-NC-SA.)


MIT Course Number

21A.111J / WGS.172J

As Taught In

Spring 2016



Cite This Course

Course Description

Course Features

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, gender, and sexuality. We will explores the myriad forms that families and households take and considers their social, emotional, and economic dynamics.

Other Versions

Other OCW Versions

Archived versions: Question_avt logo

Related Content

Heather Paxson. 21A.111J For Love and Money: Rethinking the Family. Spring 2016. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

For more information about using these materials and the Creative Commons license, see our Terms of Use.