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Flags, Color, and the Legal Narrative

Public Memory, Identity, and Critique

  • Winner of the 2021 Gherardi Davis Prize of the Flag Research Center

  • Provides a groundbreaking approach on color-coded sign systems in flags

  • Presents cultural legal studies of flags in the collective imaginary that cements a nation

  • Examines flags as a sense of uniqueness

Part of the book series: Law and Visual Jurisprudence (LVJ, volume 1)

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Table of contents (32 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xlviii

About this book

The book deals with the identification of “identity” based on culturally specific color codes and images that conceal assumptions about members of a people comprising a nation, or a people within a nation. Flags narrate constructions of belonging that become tethered to negotiations for power and resistance over time and throughout a people’s history. Bennet (2005) defines identity as “the imagined sameness of a person or social group at all times and in all circumstances”. While such likeness may be imagined or even perpetuated, the idea of sameness may be socially, politically, culturally, and historically contested to reveal competing pasts and presents. Visually evocative and ideologically representative, flags are recognized symbols fusing color with meaning that prescribe a story of unity. Yet, through semiotic confrontation, there may be different paths leading to different truths and applications of significance. Knowing this and their function, the book investigates these transmitted values over time and space. Indeed, flags may have evolved in key historical periods, but contemporaneously transpire in a variety of ways. 

The book investigates these transmitted values: Which values are being transmitted? Have their colors evolved through space and time? Is there a shift in cultural and/or collective meaning from one space to another? What are their sources? What is the relationship between law and flags in their visual representations? What is the shared collective and/or cultural memory beyond this visual representation? Considering the complexity and diversity in the building of a common memory with flags, the book interrogates the complex color-coded sign system of particular flags and their meanings attentive to a complex configuration of historical, social and cultural conditions that shift over time.

Keywords

  • Law
  • Color-coded sign system
  • Flags
  • Legal cultural studies
  • Visual semiotics
  • Collective memory and identity

Editors and Affiliations

  • ULR 4487, CRDP - Centre de recherche Droits et perspectives du droit, Lille University, Lille, France

    Anne Wagner

  • Department of Political Science, University of Hawai’i Hilo, Hilo, USA

    Sarah Marusek

About the editors

Anne Wagner is Associate Professor at the Université Lille – Nord de France. She is a research member at the Centre de Recherche Droits et Perspectives du Droit, équipe René Demogue as well as a Research and Adjunct Professor at China University of Political Science and Law (Beijing). She is also President of the International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law and Vice President of the Multicultural Association of Law and Language. Anne Wagner has been granted the French National Award of Scientific Excellence. She has lectured in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America and extensively published research papers in the area of Legal Cultural Studies, Law and Semiotics, Legal Discourse Analyses. 

Sarah Marusek is Professor of Public Law in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawai‘i Hilo on Hawai‘i Island. Her research interests in jurisprudence focus on exploring how law works in everyday life. She has published research articles in the areas of legal semiotics and legal geography. Sarah Marusek is the 2011 recipient of the University of Hawai‘i Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and teaches courses in legal geography, constitutive legal theory, and constitutional law. 

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Softcover Book USD 169.99
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Hardcover Book USD 249.99
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