"Gender Ironies of Nationalism" provides a unique social science reading on the construction of nation, gender and sexuality and on the interactions among them.
Including international case studies including the US, the Caribbean, Indonesia, Ireland, former Yugoslavia, Liberia, Sri Lanka, Australia, Turkey, China, and India, contributors offer both the masculine and feminine perspective on exploring gender in Jewish and Chinese nationalism, and the anger of white men, just to name a few. They expose how nations are comprised of sexed bodies, and exploring the gender ironies of nationalism and how sexuality plays a key role in nation building and in sustaining national identity. The contributors conclude that control over access to the benefits of belonging to the nation is invariably gendered: nationalism becomes the language through which sexual control and repression is justified masculine prowess is expressed and exercised. While it is men who claim the prerogatives of nation and nation building it is, for the most part, women who actually accept the obligation of nation and nation building.
Gender ironies of nationalism: setting the stage / Tamar Mayer -- Spectacular sexuality: nationalism, development, and the politics of family planning in Indonesia / Leslie K. Dwyer -- Death of a nation: transnationalism, bodies, and abortion in late twentieth-century Ireland / Angela K. Martin -- Sexing the nation-desexing the body: politics of national identity in the former Yugoslavia / Julie Mostov -- Uneasy images: contested representations of gender, modernity, and nationalism in pre-war Liberia / Mary H. Moran -- "Am I a woman in these matters?": notes on Sinhala nationalism and gender in Sri Lanka / Jeanne Marecek -- Native sex: sex rites, land rights, and the making of Aboriginal civic culture / Elizabeth A. Povinelli -- Kurdish nationalism in Turkey and the role of peasant Kurdish women / Cihan Ahmetbeyzade -- Calligraphy, gender, and Chinese nationalism / Tamara Hamlish -- Men's sexuality and women's subordination in Indian nationalisms / Steve Dern?? -- Nationalism and Caribbean masculinity / Linden Lewis -- From zero to hero: masculinity in Jewish nationalism / Tamar Mayer -- Gender, sexuality, and the military model of U.S. national community / Holly Allen -- Angry white men: right exclusionary nationalism and left identity politics / Andrew Light and William Chaloupka.
Published: 7th October 1999