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Gendering the Nation-State

Canadian and Comparative Perspectives

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Gendering the Nation-State

Canadian and Comparative Perspectives

Gendering the Nation-State explores the gendered dimensions of a fundamental organizational unit in social and political science – the nation-state. Yasmeen Abu-Laban has drawn together work by both high-profile and emerging scholars to rescue gender from the margins of theoretical discussions on the nation, the state, public policy, and citizenship. Contributors bring the insights of feminist analysis to bear on three relationships central to popular and policy discussions in contemporary Canada and beyond: gender and nation, gender and state processes, and gender and citizenship.

Gendering the Nation-State employs a comparative framework and builds on three decades of multidisciplinary work. Nuanced and wide-ranging, the collection crosses and challenges physical, theoretical, and disciplinary borders.

332 pages

Table of Contents



Gendering the Nation State: An Introduction / Yasmeen Abu-Laban

Part 1: Gender and Nation

1 Gendering the Hyphen: Gender Dimensions of Modern Nation-State Formation in Euro-American and Anti- and Post-Colonial Contexts / Jill Vickers

2 Gender and Nation in the Soviet/Russian Transformation / Maya Eichler

3 Projecting Gender and Nation: Literature for Immigrants in Canada and Sweden / Shauna Wilton

Part 2: Gender and State Processes

4 Assembling Women, Gendering Assemblies / Linda Trimble

5 Feminist Ideals versus Bureaucratic Norms: The Case of Feminist Researchers and the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies / Francesca Scala

6 Framing Feminists: Market Populism and Its Impact on Public Policy in Australia and Canada / Marian Sawer

7 Women’s Rights and Religious Opposition: the Politics of Gender at the International Criminal Court / Louise Chappell

Part 3: Gender and Citizenship

8 Putting Gender Back In: Women and Social Policy Reform in Canada / Janine Brodie

9 Citizenship in the Era of New Social Risks. What Happened to Gender Inequalities? / Jane Jenson

10 Carefair: Gendering Citizenship “Neoliberal” Style / Paul Kershaw

11 Republican Liberty, Naming Laws, and the Role of Patronymy in Constituting Women’s Citizenship in Canada and Quebec / Jackie F. Steele

12 Gendering Nation States and/or Gendering City-States: Debates about the Nature of Citizenship / Caroline Andrew

Afterword: The Future of Feminism / Judy Rebick




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