Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis


Gender and Women's Studies

Second Department


Reader 1

Piya Chatterjee

Reader 2

Melissa Hidalgo

Rights Information

© 2014 Anna L. Petkovich


This dual thesis seeks to explore the implications of socioeconomic class position for the formation of gender and sexual identities. Utilizing social theories of class and gender, I suggest that because a disadvantageous class location frames social relations in terms of privilege and movement, gender and sexual identities are thus similarly conceptualized; effectively, gender performance and sexual behaviors become attached to notions of value and movement. I turn to Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street to think through the nuances of such an argument, highlighting the experiences of foiled characters Sally and Esperanza to realize how classed confines and gendered expectations literally and figuratively shape their understandings of social relations and movement.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.