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Muscular Nationalism : Gender, Violence, and Empire in India and Ireland, 1914-2004 - Sikata Banerjee

Muscular Nationalism

Gender, Violence, and Empire in India and Ireland, 1914-2004

Hardcover Published: 30th April 2012
ISBN: 9780814789766
Number Of Pages: 210

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A particular dark triumph of modern nationalism has been its ability to persuade citizens to sacrifice their lives for a political vision forged by emotional ties to a common identity.ÿBoth men and women can respond to nationalistic calls to fight that portray muscular warriors defending their nation against an easily recognizable enemy. This "us versus them" mentality can be seen in sectarian violence between Hindus and Muslims, Tamils and Sinhalas, Serbs and Kosovars, and Protestants and Catholics. In Muscular Nationalism, Sikata Banerjee takes a comparative look at India and Ireland and the relationship among gender, violence, and nationalism. Exploring key texts and events from 1914-2004, Banerjee explores how women negotiate "muscular nationalisms" as they seek to be recognized as legitimate nationalists and equal stakeholders in their national struggles.


Banerjee argues that the gendered manner in which dominant nationalism has been imagined in most states in the world has had important implications for women's lived experiences.ÿDrawing on a specific intersection of gender and nationalism, she discusses the manner in which women negotiate a political and social terrain infused with a masculinized dream of nation-building.ÿIndia and Ireland--two states shaped by the legacy of British imperialism and forced to deal with modern political/social conflict centering on competing nationalisms--provide two provocative case studies that illuminate the complex interaction between gender and nation.

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"Muscular Nationalism is so gritty and smart. Sikata Banerjee reveals how in both Ireland and India a nationalized masculinism has relied on controlling ideas and practices of femininity. This is feminist analysis at its sharpest."--Cynthia Enloe, author of Nimo's War, Emma's War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Politicized Femininity and Muscular Nationalismp. 1
Under die British Gaze: The Weak Bengali and the Simianized Celtp. 21
"Muscular Gael" and "Warrior Monk": Muscular Nationalism in Colonial India and Irelandp. 45
Irish and Indian Women in Muscular Nationalism 1914-1932p. 75
Politicized Femininity and Muscular Nationalism in the Postcolonial Context: Naxal and Armagh Womenp. 107
Who Is a Proper Woman in the Nation? Femininity in the Roop Kanwar Immolation and the 2004 Irish Citizenship Referendump. 133
Conclusion: Women and Muscular Nationalism: Some Final Thoughtsp. 163
Notesp. 169
Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 199
About the Authorp. 210
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ISBN: 9780814789766
ISBN-10: 0814789765
Series: Gender and Political Violence
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 30th April 2012
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 14.99  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.46

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