Empire's Fetish: Sexualised nationalism and gendering of the Falklands War

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Abstract:

This article examines nationalist impulses toward a familiar, traditional heteronormativity through the language and imagery of a sample of tabloid newspapers in Britain during the Falklands War in 1982. In doing so, it asks how tabloid representation of the war created a particular and normative version of ‘Britishness’, central to which was the English woman, whose body became the site for a specific coalescing of race, gender and sexuality; a fixed notion of whiteness and normative heterosexuality located in the particular, unstable cultural space of a struggling ‘post-colonial’ Britain.

Keywords: gender; media; nation; race; sexuality

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14608944.2011.577164

Affiliations: University of Western Australia, Australia

Publication date: June 1, 2011

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