Wearing your Politics on your Sleeve: The Role of Political Colours in Social Movements

  title={Wearing your Politics on your Sleeve: The Role of Political Colours in Social Movements},
  author={Marian Sawer},
  journal={Social Movement Studies},
  pages={39 - 56}
  • M. Sawer
  • Published 18 April 2007
  • Sociology
  • Social Movement Studies
This article provides evidence of the significance of political colours and associated emblems in the repertoires of social movements and related political parties. It argues that political colours play an important role not only as visual symbols of the cause but also in the emotional life of social movements. Political colours help to create and sustain collective identities and illustrate the role of affect in political life. The article includes a case study of the role of colours in the… 
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