Gender, Race and National Identity: Nations of Flesh and by Jackie Hogan

By Jackie Hogan

All countries build tales of nationwide belonging, tales of the nation’s personality, its accomplishments, its defining features, its ancient trajectory. those tales, or discourses of nationwide identification, hold robust messages approximately gender and race, messages that replicate, reproduce and sometimes problem social hierarchies. Gender, Race and nationwide Identity examines hyperlinks among gender, race and nationwide identification within the US, united kingdom, Australia and Japan. The booklet takes an leading edge method of nationwide identification through examining a number of ephemeral and dad cultural texts, from Olympic establishing ceremonies, to tv ads, letters to the editor, broadsheet battle insurance, trip brochures, museums and dwelling heritage vacationer venues. Its wealthy empirical aspect and systematic cross-national comparisons let for a fuller theorization of nationwide identification.

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Women entered male-dominated employment sectors, took up trade union membership in record numbers, and won wage concessions that lifted the female wage from the standard rate of 54 percent of the male wage before the war to 75 percent at war’s end (see Beaton 1982; White 1988; Elder 2007). ” It was therefore seen as white women’s patriotic duty to procreate, to safeguard the nation against Asian invasion. World War II had not introduced any new national archetypes to rival the “digger” or Anzac icons.

Because the analysis of discourses of national identity reveals power relations, such analysis plays a part in exposing and challenging social inequalities. It would be overly simplistic in the extreme to blame discourses of national identity for the long-standing disadvantage of women and ethnoracial minorities in the nations studied here. Nonetheless, only by dissecting narratives of nation can we reveal the politics of inclusion and exclusion that underpin them. While these propositions hold true when applied to the nations studied here, and I surmise to national identities in all contemporary nation-states, it is crucial to examine the way national specificities inflect discourses of national identity in a variety of national settings.

However, the notion of China as Japan’s civilizational superior was losing Discourses of National Identity in Japan 37 its hold, a hold that was broken definitively with Japan’s defeat of China in the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–1895. 4 Although a relatively small number of European traders and Christian missionaries arrived in Japan in the sixteenth century, Edo leaders grew sceptical of their political motivations and eventually either expelled them or strictly circumscribed their activities. However, when US Commodore Matthew Perry arrived with his gunships in 1853, the national Others against whom Japan defined itself radically shifted from China and Asia to the Western powers.

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