Exploring gender relations and the ways they affect and are affected by national projects and processes, Nira Yuval-Davis argues that the constructions of nationhood usually involve specific notions of both æmanhoodÆ and æwomanhood,Æ although their explicit inclusion in the analytical discourse around nations and nationalisms is only a very recent endeavor. She promotes this analytical project by examining systematically the crucial contribution of gender relations into several major dimensions of nationalist projectsùnational reproduction, national culture, citizenship, as well as national conflicts and wars. The author sharply differentiates national projects from ænation-statesÆ and she emphasizes that membership on ænationsÆ can be sub-, super-, and cross-states. Gender and Nation is an important contribution to the debates on citizenship, gender, and nationhood.
Gender and Nation will be essential reading for academics and students of womenÆs studies, race and ethnic studies, sociology, and political studies.