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Theorising the en-gendered nation
Elleke Boehmer

social organisation and a primary carrier of the gendered ideology of the middle class. As Alexis de Tocqueville wrote of postrevolutionary American society: ‘every association, to be effective, must have a head, and the natural head of the conjugal association is the husband. . . . in the little society composed of man and wife, as in the great society of politics, the aim of democracy is to regulate and legitimate necessary power.’36 A telling analogy to this appears in the 1980s African Charter on Human and People’s Rights which, using the generic pronoun ‘he

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