Unmasking the protester: deciphering the collective disguise of masked identities in political resistance and communication
masks, identity, human interaction, political discourse
The concept of masks is familiar to societies all over the world. They have a performative function for which they are identified and signified on a collective level. More than physical objects that hide a particular identity or protect it from external threats, the idea of masking is significant in terms of the production of meaning through which new identities are constructed. As a word, an idea, a metaphor, and an artefact, the meaning of the mask differs contextually (Picton, 1990). Masked identities can be a channel for communication where the exchange of meaning through the identification of the mask is crucial. In political discourses, masks are noted for providing a notion of collective identity which is essential to the inception of collective action such as protesting against a group or an idea.
Raj, S.J., Suresh, A.K. (2023). Unmasking the protester: Deciphering the collective disguise of masked identities in political resistance and communication. In: Magalhães, L., Martins, C.O. (eds) Masks and Human Connections. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-16673-0_2
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