‘Gender Diversity’ and Nationalisms in Multiple Contexts

  • Jill Vickers


The differences in men’s and women’s experiences of national projects in diverse colonial and anti-colonial/imperial contexts have been little explored. But studies of national projects today reveal the effects of historical legacies resulting from gender relations when nation-states were formed. In most European nations, citizenship was ‘gendered’ by privatization and legal disabilities that denied women property, education, and the vote that many theorists attributed to nation-states originating where male dominance prevailed. But historians found nationalization increased men’s status, literacy, and military skills, reducing women’s status and agency through repressive family law codes, ‘separate spheres’ ideologies, and violence. The text compares gender/nation interactions across contexts showing comparison’s value as the basis of theory to explain the rise, spread, and intensity of nationalism and historical legacies’ effects.


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  • Jill Vickers
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada

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