By Darja Davydova
Narratives on family, gender and sexual behaviour are signifcant for the investigation of national identity construction, because they always bring up discussions of morality and cultural essence. This article poses the question how the national self is contested and reassured during debates on restrictive policies in spheres of reproduction and sexuality, and explains interrelation between gender and nationalism in Lithuania, where in 2008 the government took initiatives to ban abortion and to promote marriage. A critical discourse analysis of public discussions is used to explore images of a woman and nation in the context of these political projects. This analysis shows how fragility of the nation is compared to the weakness of a woman, and how the repulsive image of ‘contemporaneity’ is constructed and posed as a threat to national identity.
This article by Darja Davydova was published originally in Amsterdam Social Science Volume 2 Issue 1 (2010). To read the complete article click here.
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