Title:
Decolonising the Rainbow Flag
Author:
Pia Laskar: The Royal Armoury Museum and the Swedish History Museum, Stockholm, Sweden Anna Johansson: University West, Sweden Diana Mulinari: Gender Studies, University of Lund, Sweden
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1683193
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Year:
2016
Volume:
8
Issue:
3
Pages:
192-217
No. of pages:
25
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2017-02-07


The aim of the article is to explore the location and the meaning given to the rainbow flag in places outside the hegemonic center. 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.

Keywords: ainbow flags, multi-ethnographic approach, homonationalism, decolonial practices, communities of belonging

Volume 8, Issue: 3, Article 14, 2016

Author:
Pia Laskar, Anna Johansson, Diana Mulinari
Title:
Decolonising the Rainbow Flag:
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1683193
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