Strategic Essentialism in Nationalist Discourses: Sketching a Feminist Agenda in the Study of Religion

  title={Strategic Essentialism in Nationalist Discourses: Sketching a Feminist Agenda in the Study of Religion},
  author={Susan Abraham},
  journal={Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion},
  pages={156 - 161}
  • Susan Abraham
  • Published 1 April 2009
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion
In the United States, celebrations such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Columbus Day, or Veteran’s Day, to name a few, rhetorically function to shore up Christian kyriarchal, militarist, and heterosexist nationalism. In an essay on nationalism and globalization, Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza states that “patriotic nationalism is the most powerful discourse of the day. . . . The rhetoric of the most recent presidential campaign [2004] has driven home the degree to which religion is implicated in… 
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