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Painful Paradoxes: Consumption, Sacrifice And Man-Building In The Age Of Nationalism

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This chapter places considerable emphasis on the body as an integral component of nation formation, especially as it pertained to male bodies. The author argues that, in early nationalist discourses, concepts like pain and suffering existed on a continuum with ideas about privation and discomfort, and that all of these ideas forged connections between body and mind, self and community. During an age in which men were said to have been 'softened' by modern civilisation, measured doses of violence and pain were prescribed as means of defining national bodies and thus of bringing them into being as imagined and corporeal realities. A great of deal of scholarship has been devoted to the most spectacular and extreme examples of pain and violence, ranging from murder, torture and executions to warfare and domestic violence.

Keywords: domestic violence; nation formation



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