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
1. Nations of Flesh and Blood: Gender and Race in the National Imaginary Part I 2. Discourses of National Identity in Australia 3. Discourses of National Identity in Japan 4. Discourses of National Identity in Britain 5. Discourses of National Identity in the United States Part II 6. Staging the Nation: Gender, Race and Nation in Olympic Opening Ceremonies 7. Selling the Nation: Gender, Race and National Identity in Television Advertisements 8. Defining the Nation through its Other: Islamophobia in Post-9/11 Letters to the Editor 9. Defending the Nation: Gender, Race and National Identity in Press Coverage of Private Jessica Lynch 10. Touring the Nation: Gender, Race and Nation in Travel Brochures 11. Remembering the Nation: Gendered and Racialized National Identity in National Museums and Living History Venues.
Jackie Hogan is Lecturer in Sociology at Bradley University, USA.