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ISIS-chan: the meanings of the Manga girl in image warfare against the Islamic State
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2589-0631
2018 (English)In: Critical Studies on Terrorism, ISSN 1753-9153, E-ISSN 1753-9161, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 1-25-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores gendered meanings of ISIS-chan, an Internet meme in the form of a manga girl, produced and used to disrupt the messages from the Islamic State. Moreover, it investigates the performative power of ISIS-chan, and how it is used/interpreted as it circulates on the Internet. The ISIS-chan campaign is seen as an example of how the girl figure is mobilised in the political context of the War on Terror. Characterised by girlish playfulness, humour and creativity, I suggest that ISIS-chan challenges the stereotypical representations of femininity in the War on Terror, and may be perceived as a trickster.

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2018. Vol. 11, no 1, p. 1-25-
Keywords [en]
SIS-chan, Islamic State, image war, manga girl, trickster figure
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Religious Studies Cultural Studies
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SOCIAL SCIENCE, Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-11618DOI: 10.1080/17539153.2017.1348889ISI: 000433372900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85025815306OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-11618DiVA, id: diva2:1143334
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 Published online: 25 Jul 2017

Available from: 2017-09-21 Created: 2017-09-21 Last updated: 2019-10-24Bibliographically approved

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