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The Fiction of Gender Constructing the Fiction of Nation
The Fiction of Gender Constructing the Fiction of Nation

Author(s): Rada Iveković
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: LIT Verlag
Keywords: reason; gender; nation; fiction;

Summary/Abstract: “Nation”, claiming an imaginary common birth, reconstructs it a posteriori as as real as if it had always been. It needs patriarchy for this. Both the gender divide, as well as the exclusion on which the nation is established, though causally intertwined, express the same universal “sharing/splitting of reason” (partage de la raison). Both claim “nature” essentialising the inequality as natural. Reason is normative, especially in its divided form. The sex (or gen-der) difference is political. It is the political différend representing the hetero-sexual normative paradigm through symbolic analogies, for other injustices and inequalities. It is a hierarchy including women as subordinate. It is the di-chotomy that fixes gender and sex, not the opposite. The sexual difference is a very powerful idea showing the inadequacy of the self with itself.

  • Issue Year: 2005
  • Issue No: 14
  • Page Range: 19-38
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: English