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Nira Yuval-Davis provides an authoritative overview and critique of writings on gender and nationhood, presenting an original analysis of the ways gender relations affect and are affected by national projects and processes. In Gender and Nation Yuval-Davis argues that the construction of nationhood involves specific notions of both 'manhood' and 'womanhood'. She examines the contribution of gender relations to key dimensions of nationalist projects - the nation's reproduction, its culture and citizenship - as well as to national conflicts and wars, exploring the contesting relations between feminism and nationalism.

Gender and Nation is an important contribution to the debates on citizenship, gender and nation

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Editorial Reviews

Patricia Hill Collins
"I've been following Nira Yuval-Davis' work on issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and nation for some time. This is the book that we've all been waiting for. Gender and Nation spells out in clear and accessible prose the main ideas of a complex and vitally important area of feminist scholarship. For far too long, issues of nationhood, citizenship and the military have been viewed as male provinces. Turning this literature on its head, Yuval-Davis demonstrates that issues of gender remain central to nationalist struggles on both sides of state power. Especially refreshing is [the book's] ability to visualize a politics that takes these contested power relations into account.... a must read."
Cynthia Cockburn
"Nira Yuval-Davis carries feminist strategy a bold step forward, avoiding essentialism, skirting relativism to develop a theory of 'transversal' alliances between women founded not on diverse identities but on shared values. In the process, she rewrites the theory of nationalism. A much-needed book."
Bryan S. Turner
"The question of gender has been systematically neglected in traditional political science. In Gender and Nation Nira Yuval-Davis shows how women reproduce nations biologically, culturally and symbolically. In criticizing the assumptions of the public/private split, her own argument is intensely personal and political. An extraordinarily powerful and comprehensive feminist account of the nation-state, it presents a far-reaching critique of the gender-blindness of political theory. Gender and Nation is a major contribution to the expanding field of citizenship studies. A significant intellectual achievement, it is not a text to be missed."
Cynthia Enloe
"In her eagerly awaited book, Nira Yuval-Davis draws us into an intense end-of-the-century feminist conversation. Yuval-Davis is the savvy and worldly thinker I trust to craft the question, sort out the answers - about the urgent matters of citizenship and nationalism."
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
"Available texts on nationalism do not usually relate to women. Gender and Nation is a timely supplement to the literature.... Essential reading for students of women's studies, sociology and politics."
Sociological Research Online
"A comprehensive treatment of key issues which relate to gender, nation and nationalism. It is an insightful and highly readable theoretical work which incorporates the most recent literature on these issues... a useful addition to either individual or combined courses on the topics of gender, nations and nationalism, race and ethnicity."
Feminist Magazine
"Yuval-Davis's main argument is that neither 'nation' nor 'gender' can be understood separately. She posits several ways in which women are targeted as ethnic subjects.... a necessary read."
Journal of Peace Research
"Through this very thorough form of presentation, Yuval-Davis not only convinces the reader that the gender and nation inter-relationship is a crucial one, reinforcing the mutual constructions of each other, but she also manages to highlight the complexity of their shared bond. The book will be of great value to those working in the field of international relations theories as well as to all readers with an interest in gender studies."
Ethnic Conflict Research Digest
"Yuval-Davis addresses both theory and practice starting out with a discussion of theorising about gender, women, ethnicity and nation, moving on to a more sustained analysis of how these discourses have impacted upon women. The analysis then widens as she looks at cultural reproduction and gender, citizenship, the military and war before ending up with a final discussion on women, ethnicity and empowerment.... This is an interesting, readable and thoughtful book and should be read by everyone interested in nations and ethnicities."
Canadian Journal of Political Science
"Cleary written with lively examples, Gender and Nation tackles nationalism in a way that is sensitive to gender, ethnicity and other forms of diversity. It is an important research reference and can be equally well used in graduate and undergraduate resources."
Irish Journal of Feminist Studies
"Gender and Nation is a very important book, offering sound and well-suported analysis on the many intersections of gender and nationalist ideologies."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803986640
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/5/1997
  • Series: Politics and Culture Series , #49
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 862,098
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Nira Yuval-Davis is Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at The University of East London.

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Table of Contents

1 Theorizing Gender and Nation 1
Analysing Women and Gender Relations 5
Theorizing Nations and States 11
Nationed Gender and Gendered Nations 21
2 Women and Biological Reproduction of the Nation 26
Blood and Belonging 26
People as Power 29
The Eugenicist Discourse 31
The Malthusian Discourse 32
The Social Context 35
Concluding Remark 37
3 Cultural Reproduction and Gender Relations 39
The Notion of Culture 40
Cultural Difference and the 'Other' 46
Racism and Sexuality 51
Assimilation and Separatism 53
Multi-Culturalism and Identity Politics 55
Cultural Change and Modernity 60
Fundamentalism and Modernity 61
Globalization and Culture 64
Conclusion 66
4 Citizenship and Difference 68
Citizenship, Nationalism and the Community 69
Social Rights and Social Difference 74
The Private and the Public 78
Active/Passive Citizenship 83
Citizenship's Rights and Duties 88
5 Gendered Militaries, Gendered Wars 93
Military Service and Citizenship 94
Modern Warfare and the Incorporation of Women into the Military 97
Women as Soldiers 100
Military Service and Women's Rights 105
Wars as Gendered Constructions 107
Women's Politics and Anti-War Movements 111
Conclusion 113
6 Women, Ethnicity and Empowerment: Towards Transversal Politics 116
Feminism and Nationalism 117
Identity Politics and Multi-Culturalism 119
International Women's Activism 120
The Backlash 121
Postmodernist Feminism? 123
Transversal Politics 125
An Endnote 132
References 135
Index 149
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