Week 4 – “Nationalism, Gender, and Identity” Radhakrishnan

October 20, 2007

The author makes an intriguing point on page 200 about a non-western nation’s self-definition failing “both to represent its own reality and to represent its own people.” He argues that any expression of nationalism is merely a reaction against westernization (one calls to mind the “us/them” binary we discussed in class). Thus, a nation’s expression of nationalism is truncated by its collision with western suggestions and the apparent necessity to deal with them in the form of agreement or disagreement: we either are or aren’t the way you think we are.

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