Close Your Eyes and Think of England

  title={Close Your Eyes and Think of England},
  author={J. Brown and M. M. Ferree},
  journal={Gender \& Society},
  pages={24 - 5}
Faced with declining fertility rates, media in Britain are reacting with anxiety about cultural annihilation. To look at how nationalism inflects concerns over biological and cultural reproduction, the authors analyze coverage of falling fertility and rising immigration in Great Britain in major newspapers in 2000-2. They find pronatalist appeals to be commonand especially directed at women but varying in how women’s duty to the nation is framed. Appeals characterized as begging, lecturing… Expand

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