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Decolonising the Rainbow Flag

  • Pia Laskar
  • Anna Johansson
  • Diana Mulinari
Publishing year: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 192-217
Publication/Series: Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research
Volume: 8
Issue: 3
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Linköping University Electronic Press

Abstract english

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.


  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
  • Gender Studies
  • Communities of belonging
  • Decolonial practices
  • Homonationalism
  • Multi-ethnographic approach
  • Rainbow flags
  • Resistance
  • Global inequalities
  • Queer identities


  • ISSN: 2000-1525
Diana Mulinari
E-mail: diana [dot] mulinari [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se


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