Gender, Race and National Identity: Nations of Flesh and Blood

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-08-05
  • Publisher: Routledge
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All nations construct stories of national belonging, stories of the nation's character, its accomplishments, its defining traits, its historical trajectory. These stories, or discourses of national identity, carry powerful messages about gender and race, messages that reflect, reproduce and occasionally challenge social hierarchies. Gender, Race and National Identity examines links between gender, race and national identity in the US, UK, Australia and Japan. The book takes an innovative approach to national identity by analyzing a range of ephemeral and pop cultural texts, from Olympic opening ceremonies, to television advertisements, letters to the editor, broadsheet war coverage, travel brochures, museums and living history tourist venues. Its rich empirical detail and systematic cross-national comparisons allow for a fuller theorization of national identity.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviationsp. ix
List of Tables and Figuresp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Nations of Flesh and Blood: Gender and Race in the National Imaginaryp. 1
Discourses of National Identity in Australiap. 17
Discourses of National Identity in Japanp. 34
Discourses of National Identity in Britainp. 55
Discourses of National Identity in the United Statesp. 75
Staging the Nation: Gender, Race, and Nation in Olympic Opening Ceremoniesp. 95
Selling the Nation: Gender, Race, and National Identity in Television Advertisementsp. 116
Defining the Nation Through Its Other: Islamophobia in Post-9/11 Letters to the Editorp. 135
Defending the Nation: Gender, Race, and National Identity in Press Coverage of Private Jessica Lynchp. 154
Touring the Nation: Gender, Race, and Nation in Travel Brochuresp. 169
Remembering the Nation: Gendered and Racialized National Identity in National Museums and Living History Venuesp. 182
Notesp. 209
Bibliographyp. 231
Indexp. 249
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