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Travelling Artefacts: The Role of Recognition, (Dis)Belongings, and Acts of Resistance

Journal article
Authors Mona Lilja
Lena Martinsson
Published in Journal of Resistance Studies
Volume 4
Issue 2
ISSN 2001-9947
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Cultural Sciences
School of Global Studies, Peace and Development Research
Language en
Subject categories Other Social Sciences


This paper, by using manga comics and the veil as examples, argues that increased scholarly attention to artefacts involved in political struggles could add new insights to previous research on resistance and social change. The paper examines how the recognition of artefacts is entwined with different expressions and techniques of power and resistance. These artefacts, which are recognisable around the globe, acquire different meanings and become part of (or are excluded from) particular political struggles and communities of belonging, both transnationally and locally. Power and political struggles are both interwoven with material contexts and some-times revolve around different artefacts. Artefacts become affective parts of resistance and mobilise people into assuming or rejecting communities, identity positions or subjectivities. The shifting discursive materialities of different artefacts make these items transformative and important factors in political struggles.

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