National Manhood: Capitalist Citizenship and the Imagined Fraternity of White Men

National Manhood: Capitalist Citizenship and the Imagined Fraternity of White Men

by Dana D. Nelson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822321491

ISBN-13: 9780822321491

Pub. Date: 10/14/1998

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

National Manhood explores the relationship between gender, race, and nation by tracing developing ideals of citizenship in the United States from the Revolutionary War through the 1850s. Through an extensive reading of literary and historical documents, Dana D. Nelson analyzes the social and political articulation of a civic identity centered around the

Overview

National Manhood explores the relationship between gender, race, and nation by tracing developing ideals of citizenship in the United States from the Revolutionary War through the 1850s. Through an extensive reading of literary and historical documents, Dana D. Nelson analyzes the social and political articulation of a civic identity centered around the white male and points to a cultural moment in which the theoretical consolidation of white manhood worked to ground, and perhaps even found, the nation.
Using political, scientific, medical, personal, and literary texts ranging from the Federalist papers to the ethnographic work associated with the Lewis and Clark expedition to the medical lectures of early gynecologists, Nelson explores the referential power of white manhood, how and under what conditions it came to stand for the nation, and how it came to be a fraternal articulation of a representative and civic identity in the United States. In examining early exemplary models of national manhood and by tracing its cultural generalization, National Manhood reveals not only how an impossible ideal has helped to form racist and sexist practices, but also how this ideal has simultaneously privileged and oppressed white men, who, in measuring themselves against it, are able to disavow their part in those oppressions.
Historically broad and theoretically informed, National Manhood reaches across disciplines to engage those studying early national culture, race and gender issues, and American history, literature, and culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822321491
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
10/14/1998
Series:
New Americanists
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface,
Introduction: Naked Nature,
1: Purity Control: Consolidating National Manhood in the Early Republic,
2: "That's not my Wife, that's an Indian Squaw": Inindianation and National Manhood,
3: "Our Castle Still Remains Unshaken": Professional Manhood, Science, Whiteness,
4: Gynecological Manhood: The Worries of Whiteness and the Disorders of Women,
5: The Melancholy of White Manhood, or, Democracy's Privileged Spot,
Afterword: The President in 2045, or, Managed Democracy,
Notes,
Bibliography,

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