Nations and Sexualities – ‘West’ and ‘East’
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This chapter looks at the mutual dependencies between nations, nationalisms and sexualities. It explores a brief discussion of three seminal texts; George Mosse's Nationalism and Sexuality, Andrew Parker et al. Nationalisms and Sexualities and Sam Pryke's 'Nationalism and Sexuality: What Are the Issues', which directly address and theorise the issues of nationalism and sexuality together. Mosse focuses on the eighteenth and the nineteenth-century social and political changes, including industrialisation and a new social stratification. Sam Pryke's article attempts to theorise the link between the nation and sexuality in more general terms. In his hypothesis Pryke distinguishes three crucial problems: national sexual stereotypes, sexuality in national conflict and sex in nation-building. The first is about sexing 'Others' as a threat to the national ego. The second problem is the use of sexuality in the time of war, as exemplified in interalia rape cases during Balkan War. The final problem is the exclusion of certain sexual practices/attitudes from core of national ego.