Conceiving the Masculine: Gender and Palestinian Nationalism


Massad, Joseph. 1995. “Conceiving the Masculine: Gender and Palestinian Nationalism.” Middle East Journal 49 (3): 467-83.

Author: Joseph Massad


The article explores how masculinity as a colonial model is figured in nationalist discourse through a case study of Palestinian nationalism. It demonstrates how Palestinian nationalism conceives of nationalist agency in masculine terms. Its conclusion is that nationalist agency is constituted through performances that are said to be its results. Nationalist masculinity is shown to be a new type of masculinity, which is implicated in temporal, cultural, and class schemas that define its limitations and have little to do with "tradition."

Topics: Gender, Masculinity/ies, Nationalism Regions: MENA, Asia, Middle East Countries: Palestine / Occupied Palestinian Territories

Year: 1995

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