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Comparison as Feminist Method: Denaturalising Gender and Nation
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Gender Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4825-6390
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0497-063X
2019 (English)In: Gendering Military Sacrifice: A Feminist Comparative Analysis / [ed] Cecilia Åse, Maria Wendt, Abingdon: Routledge, 2019, p. 17-40Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter develops the cross-country comparison as a feminist method for the critical interrogation of naturalised ideas and representations. Recognising denaturalisation as a shared feminist approach, Cynthia Enloe’s concept of “feminist curiosity” is developed in order to advance cross-national comparison. The basic idea is that comparison assists denaturalisation because it enables the analysis of taken-for-granted ideas, identities, and emotional investments. The chapter presents the comparative methodology used in the subsequent chapters of the volume Gendering Military Sacrifice, where meaning-making associated with military losses in the Afghanistan war (2001–2014) are examined in six European countries. Discussing the methodological challenges related to denaturalising constructions of gender and nation, several research strategies used in the following empirical contributions are presented. These include working collectively, combining in-depth contextual knowledge with comparisons between national contexts, and presenting research according to empirical sites rather than based on a nation-by-nation perspective. As a necessary background to the following transnationally arranged chapters, this chapter also presents the differing war legacies and the building blocks of national identities as well as the overarching gender/nation relations for all the countries discussed in the volume.

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Abingdon: Routledge, 2019. p. 17-40
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Routledge Studies in Gender and Security
Keywords [en]
feminist methodology, comparison, gender, sacrifice, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, UK, Germany, Estonia
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Political Science
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Political Science; Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-166888ISBN: 978-1-138-32985-0 (print)ISBN: 978-0-429-44810-2 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-166888DiVA, id: diva2:1294228
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The politics of loss in contemporary Europe
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2019-03-06 Created: 2019-03-06 Last updated: 2019-03-07Bibliographically approved

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