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Scottish soldier-heroes and patriotic war heroines: the gendered politics of World War I commemoration

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dc.contributor.author Danilova, Nataliya
dc.contributor.author Dolan, Emma
dc.date.accessioned 2022-01-17T11:41:25Z
dc.date.available 2022-01-17T11:41:25Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/10922
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper explores the (re)production of embodied gendered and racialised identities as part of commemorations devised by the Scottish government to mark the Centenary of WWI, 2014- 18. In particular, we demonstrate how the Centenary has re-established Scotland’s key contribution to British military power instead of providing a platform for a broader discussion of British wars and Scotland’s role therein. Our analysis posits that this reframing was achieved through the (re)production of a gendered polarisation between white ‘dead’ soldier-heroes, ‘local lads’ and bearers of a ‘proud Scottish military tradition’; and women as embodiments of patriotic motherhood. We further explore the deployment of specific discursive and performative means to transform Dr Elsie Inglis, the only woman whose contribution was singled out by WW100 Scotland, into a patriotic war heroine. This was achieved by the militarisation of her work; the obscuring of identity, class- and race-based hierarchies within women’s war-work; and, finally, through the subversion of feminist ideas and practices in Inglis’ work for the Scottish Women’s Hospitals. Lastly, we reflect on the gendered legacy of the Centenary, emphasising the necessity for critical engagement with Britain’s wars and Scotland’s role therein. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Gender, Place and Culture;27 (2), pp. 239-260
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2019.1639632
dc.rights This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Gender, Place and Cutlure 2020 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2019.1639632 en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject commemoration en_US
dc.subject performance en_US
dc.subject militarisation en_US
dc.subject Britain en_US
dc.title Scottish soldier-heroes and patriotic war heroines: the gendered politics of World War I commemoration en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/0966369X.2019.1639632
dc.contributor.sponsor Carnegie Trust for the Universities in Scotland en_US
dc.relation.projectid RG13890/70560 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.availability Emma.Dolan@ul.ie


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