Appropriate kinship, legitimate nationhood: shifting registers of gender and state

Goddard, Victoria. 2018. Appropriate kinship, legitimate nationhood: shifting registers of gender and state. In: Tatjana Thelen and Erdmute Alber, eds. Reconnecting State and Kinship. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 9780812249514 [Book Section]

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This chapter explores some of the tensions and possibilities that arise from historical and context-bound relationships between gendered politics and the state. Contradictions between different spheres of action and value are understood to produce and reproduce different forms of freedom and non-freedom, exclusion and inclusion, drawing on the example of the formation of the Argentine nation-state in the context of 19th century global capitalism, whereby increasingly circumscribed notions of appropriate kinship were associated with emergent parameters of legitimate nationhood, citizenship and belonging. The process of nation-building generated historically specific exclusions and invisibilities as effects of power relations and produced differentiated subjects, spanning subjects who will be eligible for recognition and those who will not, and producing particular forms of silence and invisibility.

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