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Barbara Einhorn

In: Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies

Chapter 12: Insiders and Outsiders: Within and beyond the Gendered Nation

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Insiders and Outsiders: Within and beyond the Gendered Nation
Insiders and outsiders: within and beyond the gendered nation

This chapter examines the intimate relationship of gender, nation, and nationalism, both in scholarship and in the lives of real people. It begins by showing how scholarly attempts to define the nation have, historically, omitted gender, both as a key social variable and as a tool of analysis. Feminist interventions since the late 1980s have breathed new life into considerations of the ways in which not only gender, but sexuality, ‘race’, class, and religion play into, and are in turn affected by, nationalist projects. Underlying both notions of nation and the politics of nation-building is a gendered power politics. The deployment of gender and sexuality in the politics ...

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