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For home and country? Engendering nationalism in the workplace

Boyer, Kate ORCID: 2005. For home and country? Engendering nationalism in the workplace. Social & Cultural Geography 6 (2) , pp. 183-199. 10.1080/14649360500074626

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Though geographers have taken seriously the ways in which representations of place, race, sexuality and gender are woven into narratives of nationalism through experiences of conflict, spaces of memorialization and the practice of ‘heritage’, less attention has been paid to theways nationalism is constituted in and through day-to-day space and spatial practice in times of peace. This paper examines how nationalism is produced in and through the workplace. In particular, I focus on how narratives of nationalism were constituted within the early twentieth-century Canadian financial services sector. Through an analysis of archival materials from six Canadian financial institutions, I compare how narratives of nationalismwere employed strategically bywomen and men in efforts to win employment in this sector after the FirstWorldWar. I argue that theworkplace constitutes and important site for the production and deployment of nationalist feeling, and suggest that nationalism has long been used strategically to reach multiple, sometimes competing, goals.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 1464-9365
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 08:45

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