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Decolonising the Rainbow Flag

Laskar, Pia; Johansson, Anna and Mulinari, Diana LU (2016) In Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research 8(3). p.192-217
Abstract

The aim of the article is to explore the location and the meaning given to the rainbow flag in places outside the hegemonic centre. Through three case studies in the global North and South, held together by a multi-ethnographic approach, as well as a certain theoretical tension between the rainbow flag as a boundary object and/or a floating signifier, we seek to study where the flag belongs, to whom it belongs, with particular focus on how. The three case studies, which are situated in a city in the Global South (Buenos Aires), in a conflict war zone in the Middle East (the West Bank) and in a racialised neighbourhood in the Global North (Sweden), share despite their diversity a peripheral location to hegemonic forms of knowledge... (More)

The aim of the article is to explore the location and the meaning given to the rainbow flag in places outside the hegemonic centre. Through three case studies in the global North and South, held together by a multi-ethnographic approach, as well as a certain theoretical tension between the rainbow flag as a boundary object and/or a floating signifier, we seek to study where the flag belongs, to whom it belongs, with particular focus on how. The three case studies, which are situated in a city in the Global South (Buenos Aires), in a conflict war zone in the Middle East (the West Bank) and in a racialised neighbourhood in the Global North (Sweden), share despite their diversity a peripheral location to hegemonic forms of knowledge production regimes. Central to our analysis is how the rainbow flag is given a multitude of original and radical different meanings that may challenge the colonial/Eurocentric notions which up to a certain extent are embedded in the rainbow flag.

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Communities of belonging, Decolonial practices, Homonationalism, Multi-ethnographic approach, Rainbow flags, Resistance, Global inequalities, Queer identities
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Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research
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8
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3
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26 pages
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Linköping University Electronic Press
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2000-1525
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10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1683193
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English
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  author       = {Laskar, Pia and Johansson, Anna and Mulinari, Diana},
  issn         = {2000-1525},
  keyword      = {Communities of belonging,Decolonial practices,Homonationalism,Multi-ethnographic approach,Rainbow flags,Resistance,Global inequalities,Queer identities},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {192--217},
  publisher    = {Linköping University Electronic Press},
  series       = {Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research},
  title        = {Decolonising the Rainbow Flag},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1683193},
  volume       = {8},
  year         = {2016},
}