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Posters, Politics, and Power: Mediated Materialisation of Public Authority in Bangladesh Party Politics

Julian Kuttig (UGent)
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Party political posters, banners and hoardings mark the everyday urban landscape of Bangladesh. They have become pervasive visual and material expressions of everyday politics in an environment where ‘visibility means everything’. This article seeks to understand local politics and power dynamics in Bangladesh through party political posters while suggesting that the symbolism and material permanence of these posters may be considered efficacious elements in a wider network of party politics. Political posters in Bangladesh are more than mere conveyors of political messages towards electoral victories. Instead, they are essential ‘to the composition, maintenance, and assemblage’ of inter- and intra-party politics in Bangladesh. Political posters emerged as an important device in the socio-material conceptualisation of power, political performance, and space in local politics in Bangladesh. It is through these posters that inter-party rivalries over space and authority are mediated and how intra-party power relations become structured.
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Bangladesh, local politics, materiality, mediation, party politics, political performance, political posters, public authority, Rajshahi, visual culture

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Kuttig, Julian. “Posters, Politics, and Power: Mediated Materialisation of Public Authority in Bangladesh Party Politics.” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies , vol. 43, no. 6, 2020.
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Kuttig, J. (2020). Posters, Politics, and Power: Mediated Materialisation of Public Authority in Bangladesh Party Politics. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies , 43(6).
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Kuttig, Julian. 2020. “Posters, Politics, and Power: Mediated Materialisation of Public Authority in Bangladesh Party Politics.” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 43 (6).
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Kuttig, Julian. 2020. “Posters, Politics, and Power: Mediated Materialisation of Public Authority in Bangladesh Party Politics.” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 43 (6).
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Kuttig J. Posters, Politics, and Power: Mediated Materialisation of Public Authority in Bangladesh Party Politics. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies . 2020;43(6).
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J. Kuttig, “Posters, Politics, and Power: Mediated Materialisation of Public Authority in Bangladesh Party Politics,” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies , vol. 43, no. 6, 2020.
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  title        = {Posters, Politics, and Power: Mediated Materialisation of Public Authority in Bangladesh Party Politics},
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