Sex, Violence and Nationalism

TitleSex, Violence and Nationalism
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsEriksen, Thomas Hylland
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Pagination1438 - 1449
Date Published06/2017

This article is a commentary on Joane Nagel’s “Masculinity and nationalism”, which discusses differing cultural conceptualizations of gender and masculinity, critically interrogating essentialist conceptualizations of maleness, and – in the most empirical and engaged section of the article – relates conceptualizations of maleness to war. This commentary elaborates on and develops Nagel’s analysis by introducing new empirical examples and through its emphasis on symbolism, metaphor and kinship imagery in portraying nations in a gendered manner. It is also pointed out that nations at peace project different gender relations to nations at war. [Author]

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