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Philippa Levine

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249503

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249503.001.0001

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Nations in an Imperial Crucible

Nations in an Imperial Crucible

(p.181) 8 Nations in an Imperial Crucible
Gender and Empire

Mrinalini Sinha

Oxford University Press

The scholarship on nationalism and the nation in the British Empire has been critically shaped by a broader scholarship that sees the nation as a historically fashioned construct rather than a timeless community. Recently, gender has clearly emerged as an important ‘category of analysis’: not only a constitutive element of social relationships based on perceived differences between sexes, but also a primary way of signifying relationships of power. There is an emerging scholarly consensus that modern discourses of gender and of the nation have mutually informed and shaped one another. The ‘new imperial histories’ of the past decade or so have further informed, and been informed by, this historiographical convergence in the study of gender and nation. This chapter discusses the ways in which modern discourses of gender and the nation have sustained one another, and their elaboration and consolidation within an imperial context.

Keywords:   nation, gender, imperial context, social power

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