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By Joseph Massad

This booklet analyzes how sleek Jordanian identification was once created and outlined. Massad experiences key associations, the legislation and the army, and makes use of them to create an unique and unique research of the improvement of Jordanian nationwide identification within the postcolonial interval. the writer engages contemporary scholarly debates on nationalism and richly fulfills the analytical promise of Michel Foucault?s perception that glossy associations of strength have efficient, no longer basically repressive or coercive, capacities -though Massad additionally stresses their endured repressive functionality. The argument is complex by way of a attention of facts, together with photographs produced by way of kingdom vacationer businesses aimed toward attracting Western viewers, the altering and precarious place of girls within the newly built nationwide house, and such practices as football video games, tune, songs, foodstuff, garments, and moving accents and dialects.

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It would seem, then, that this contingent agency that women/mothers are granted as substitute fathers is at best supplementary and at worst gratuitous. The operative criterion in this law besides paternity is residency in the territory of Transjordan, a residency that has to satisfy certain temporal specifications directly related to the establishment of Transjordan as a nationstate. Here, residency is constrained by time. Therefore, it is being present 38 Codifying the Nation in what the law creates as “the national space” at what the law establishes as a specific “national time” that functions as a prerequisite to establishing nationality.

41 The importance of all these parties, be they anticolonial or not, is that they accepted the modality of the nation-state as providing the spatial limits of their political organization. Unlike the Istiqlalis, who were pan-Syrian nationalists calling for the unification of all of Greater Syria, these parties sought to fight the colonial presence or to uphold the existing colonial arrangement of Mandatory rule within the existing modality—that is, the Codifying the Nation 33 nation-state. These political developments demonstrate how the juridical and political establishment of the Transjordanian state in 1921 had already become internalized in society less than a decade after its initial inception.

Whereas juridical discourse claims the status of the juridical subject as prediscursive, and in that it is similar to nationalist discourse, unlike the latter it posits national identity as an effect of the law, not its precedent. All postcolonial national identities are anchored in the laws of nation-states. 2 Moreover, this chapter will argue that the juridical is not a mere repressive manifestation of the political, but that it also plays a central productive, albeit regulatory, role: it produces and regulates identity.

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