No Longer in a Future Heaven: Women and Nationalism in South Africa

  title={No Longer in a Future Heaven: Women and Nationalism in South Africa},
  author={Anne Mcclintock},
  journal={Transition: An International Review},
All nationalisms are gendered, all are invented, and all are dangerous. Nations are not the natural flowering into time of the organic essence of a people, borne unscathed through the ages. Rather, as Ernest Gellner observes, nationalism "invents nations where they do not exist." Most modern nations, despite their appeal to an august and immemorial past, are for the most part very recent inventions. Benedict Anderson thus argues that nations are best understood as "imagined communities… Expand
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