(Re)imagining history and subjectivity : (dis)incar-nations of racialised citizenship

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Shields, Rachel
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Sociology, c2012
This thesis explores the ways in which modern history-writing practices reiterate race-based categories of citizenship. To investigate these practices across time, I have examined discourses produced by the United Farm Women of Alberta (UFWA) in 1925, and discourses produced by the contemporary magazine American Renaissance (AR). The UFWA were concerned with the promotion and definition of citizenship, and in so doing laid race as a foundation of Canadian identity. AR is a magazine that concerns itself with white nationalism in the contemporary United States. Drawing upon Avery Gordon and Wendy Brown’s theories of history and haunting, I have situated these discourses in imaginative relation to one another, illuminating the “past” in the present. I have also critically examined how I am complicit in reproducing the historical practices under study; as an architecture of history, haunting helps to imagine alternatives for the study of history and social life, particularly our own.
vii, 160 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm
United Farm Women of Alberta -- History , Nationalism -- Canada -- Historiography , Nationlism -- United States -- Historiography , Nationalism and historiography , Racism -- Political aspects -- Historiography , Racism -- Political aspects -- Canada , Racism -- Political aspects -- United States , Citizenship -- Canada -- History , Citizenship -- United States -- History , Dissertations, Academic