Engendering the Nation


in Schooling the National Imagination

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198062752
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080205 | DOI:
Engendering the Nation

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One characteristic of modern nationalism is its entry into the most private and domestic spaces of the home: the kitchen and the bedroom. This chapter considers how the agenda of nationalism incorporates the role of the woman and the family into the textbooks. The construction of nationalist modernity leans heavily on the image of the woman, the family, and the home. The attempt to shape the citizens of the nation entails not only a reconstruction of the public sphere and civil society, but also a definition of the private, that is, the domestic sphere and, implicitly, the role of the woman in the nation.

Keywords: nationalism; woman; family; textbooks; education policy; gender

Chapter.  8791 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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