By Joseph Andoni Massad
Colonial results analyzes the production and definition of contemporary Jordanian identification. Massad reports key institutions-- the legislations and the military--and makes use of them to create an unique and special research of the advance of Jordanian nationwide id within the postcolonial period.Joseph A. Massad engages contemporary scholarly debates on nationalism and richly fulfills the analytical promise of Michel Foucault's perception that smooth associations and their energy to have efficient, no longer basically repressive or coercive, capacities -- although Massad additionally stresses their persisted repressive function.His argument is complex by way of a attention of facts, together with photos produced by way of nation vacationer organisations aimed toward attracting Western viewers, the altering and precarious place of girls within the newly developed nationwide area, and such practices as football video games, song, songs, nutrients, garments, and moving accents and dialects.
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It must be noted that naturalization does not necessarily depend on the subject’s choice (although it also does that in specific cases); it can also be imposed through direct interpellation by the law. Consistent with other aspects of the law, naturalization affirms the law’s view that nationality is not an inherent essence; rather, it is a juridical category that can be acquired or lost, imposed or withdrawn. Article 7, stipulating normative health and ability, states that only applicants who are not “disabled” can apply for naturalization, provided they satisfy the following conditions: a two-year residency in the country prior to the application, a good character, intention to reside in the country, and knowledge of the Arabic language.
The law, however, has a contingency plan for those cases in which paternity cannot be determined. ”57 Note how the absence of a nationalized father is rendered equivalent to the absence of the father tout court. Paternity, it would seem, has to be a juridical category to have national agency. As in British law,58 in the absence of such a nationalized paternity, women and territory (birth) can become agents of nationality as substitute (albeit secondary) fathers. Whereas territory has to be supplemented with paternity, where the latter can be established as always already nationalized, territory can perform its function as a national agent independently in the father’s absence.
These expansions and contractions were building on the core territory of 1923 identified as Jordanian in 1928, and can in no way constitute a threat to the nationalization project. This core has not been affected by subsequent contractions. It serves to secure the nation’s territory as an essentially national space. ”43 The nation-state, however, was interested not only in nationalizing territory through demarcation of borders and the requisite cartographic representations of these demarcations, but also in reparceling the territory internally.
Colonial Effects: The Making of National Identity in Jordan by Joseph Andoni Massad