Stuck up, peeled off, covered up, shared and scribbled out: Doing ordinary politics with political stickers

Shawn Bodden, Hannah Awcock*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Stickers are pervasive, if often small and subtle, tools of political activism. Despite their enduring popularity, stickers do not fit into popular models of political action that presume either a spectacle of protest or formal institutions and debate. In this paper, we argue that stickers enable and facilitate public interchange as a process of sociomaterial claims-making. However, in order to recognise how stickers are used to do politics, there is a need to shift from semiotic interpretations of stickers as representational signs in favour of an action-oriented, pragmatist approach that examine stickers in action in people’s lives and shared worlds. Connecting with recent calls in geography to reconceptualise political and communicative action as lively, emergent, and materially-mediated, we tour through the sticky, peeling, covered, shared, and scribbled geographies of stickers in everyday, ordinary political action.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-149
Number of pages19
JournalGeoHumanities
Volume10
Issue number1
Early online date17 May 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • expressive space
  • materiality
  • ordinary politics
  • protest practice
  • stickers

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