The theme of this year’s meeting is “Gender, Sexuality, and Place in South Carolina.” We invite paper and presentation proposals that use the theories and methods of sociology to reimagine the significance of gender, sexuality and place in the Palmetto State, with a particular focus on the intersections with other systems of stratification (such as class and race).
As one of the most conservative states in the country, South Carolina has a long and complicated relationship with issues of sex and gender. For 18 consecutive years, South Carolina has lead the nation in terms of deadly violence against women. It ranks 47th in the country in terms of percentage of women in its state legislature. Gender segregated relationships define much of social life across South Carolina. The “good ol’ boys” network is alive and well, and the ideal of the Southern Belle – charming, deferential, and self-sacrificing, is still held up (ideologically, if not always practically) as a model of hegemonic feminity. While much of the state has resigned itself to the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, homophobia and disturbing patterns of hegemonic masculinity (revolving around guns, alcohol and sports) may be found at work, home and in the community.
For more information on the conference and details about submissions, go here.