© 2018

Gendering Nationalism

Intersections of Nation, Gender and Sexuality

  • Jon Mulholland
  • Nicola Montagna
  • Erin Sanders-McDonagh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Jon Mulholland, Erin Sanders-McDonagh, Nicola Montagna
    Pages 1-27
  3. Deploying Sexuality for a Gendered Nationalism

  4. Women Supporting Nationalist Movements

  5. Nations, Borders, and the Gendered Signification of Migration

About this book


This volume offers an empirically rich, theoretically informed study of the shifting intersections of nation/alism, gender and sexuality. Challenging a scholarly legacy that has overly focused on the masculinist character of nationalism, it pays particular attention to the people and issues less commonly considered in the context of nationalist projects, namely women and sexual minorities. Bringing together both established and emerging researchers from across the globe, this multidisciplinary and comparison-rich volume provides a multi-sited exploration of the shifting contours of belonging and Otherness generated by multifarious nationalisms. The diverse, and context specific positionings of men and women, masculinities and femininities, and hegemonic and non-normative sexualities, vis-à-vis nation/alism, are illuminated through a vibrant array of contemporary theoretical lenses. These include historical and feminist institutionalism, post-colonial theory, critical race approaches, transnational and migration theory and semiotics.


Ethnicity Extreme Right Masculinities Femininities Heteronormativity Homosexuality nationalism Feminism populism Immigration Diaspora masculinism postcolonial Racialized sexism sexuality semiotics homonationalism femonationalism religion transnational

Editors and affiliations

  • Jon Mulholland
    • 1
  • Nicola Montagna
    • 2
  • Erin Sanders-McDonagh
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Health and Social SciencesUniversity of the West of EnglandBristolUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of LawMiddlesex UniversityLondonUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social ResearchUniversity of KentKentUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Jon Mulholland is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Nicola Montagna is Senior Lecturer of Sociology at Middlesex University, London, UK

Erin Sanders-McDonagh is Lecturer of Criminology at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

Bibliographic information


“The impressive range of case studies included in this collection highlight the complex but intimate relationships that exist, in variable ways, in different nationalist political projects. It points out how notions of masculinity and femininity, sexuality and belonging construct – in shifting and contested ways which vary temporarily and spatially – the boundaries of these nationalisms. An important contribution to the field of nationalism studies.” (Nira Yuval-Davis, Professor and Director of the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB), University of East London, UK)

“In the critical juncture of the Great Regression, nationalist types of identification have increased in spread and intensity. From the Brexit to the Catalan crisis, renewed calls for separatism, national symbols and narratives have acquired relevance, challenging the expectations of a linear trend towards cosmopolitan visions. Focusing on the interaction between gender and nationalism, this very timely volume contributes to our understanding of the diversity and fluidity of various nationalist projects.” (Donatella Della Porta, Professor of Political Science and Dean of the Institute for Humanities and the Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy)