Women, States and Nationalism

At Home in the Nation?

Mary Ann Tetreault & Sita Ranchod-Nilsson



Women, States and Nationalism counters this attitude and examines the many and contradictory ways in which women negotiate their places in 'the nation'. The volume includes theoretical essays that explore the multiple ways in which the very concept of 'nation' is based upon notions of family, sexuality and gender power which are often overlooked of downplayed by 'male-stream' scholarship. It gathers together an outstanding panel of feminist scholars and area studies specialists, who, through a series of focused case studies, analyse diverse issues which include power, agency and representation in Zimbabwe.


This book offers an excellent set of dissections of and responses to contemporary scholarship on nationalism, femininity and feminism. One of the strengths of this volume is its interaction between general theoretical chapters and carefully nuanced, historically specific country case studies. This is a rich and useful collection which deserves a wide, cross-disciplinary readership. - Cynthia Enloe, Clark University


MaryAnn Tétreault was the emeritus Una Chapman Cox Distinguished Professor of International Affairs at Trinity University. She died in 2015.

Dr. Sita Ranchod-Nilsson is Director of Emory University’s Institute for Developing Nations (IDN).