Shelley Feldman


Office: LT 306
Office hours as posted or by appointment.
Email: rf12@cornell.edu


I employ poststructuralist and feminist analyses to examine processes of social reorganization and restructuring in the U.S. and Bangladesh. At present my focus in the U.S. concerns the informalization of economic networks and non-monetary exchanges as they are manifest inalternative monetary systems. In Bangladesh I concentrate on the rise of fundamentalist movements and non-governmental organizations, emergent challenges to civil society and governance practices, as well as changing gender relations in the context of EPZ production and micro-industrial expansion. I am currently examining citizenship and identity formation as these are embodied in the period of the Bengal partition and its aftermath.

Recent Courses:

Theories of State

Recent Publications:

  • Shelley Feldman. 2005. "Nongovernmental Organizations, Governance, and the Development Project" in International Development Governance, edited by Ahmed Shafigul Hugue and Habib Zafarullah. Boca Raton, London, New York: Taylor & Francis.
  • Feldman, S. 2001. "Exploring Theories of Patriarchy: A Perspective from Contemporary Bangladesh." SIGNS 26(4): 1097-1127.
  • Feldman, S. 2001. "Intersecting and Contesting Positions: World Systems, Postcolonial, and Feminist Theory." Review XXIV, 3.
  • Feldman, S. 2000. "Metaphor and Myth: Gender and Islam in Bangladesh." In Essays on the Muslims of Bengal. Rafiuddin Ahmed, (Ed.), New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  • Feldman, S. and E. Ferretti. 1998. Informal Work and Social Change: A Bibliographic Survey of the Literature. Ithaca, NY: ILR Press, Cornell University Press.
  • Feldman, S. and S. Buechler. 1998. "Negotiating difference: constructing selves and others in a transnational apparel manufacturing firm." Sociological Quarterly, 39(4): 623-644.
  • Feldman, S. and R. Welsh. 1995. "Feminist knowledge claims, local knowledge, and gender divisions of agricultural labor: constructing a successor science." Rural Sociology, 60(1)Spring: 23-43.

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