Invisible Targets, Strengthened Morale: Static Camouflage as a ‘Weapon of the Weak’

James Philip Robinson

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    In the natural world, camouflage is habitually deployed by 'vulnerable' creatures to deceive predators. Such protective strategies have been culturally, socially and technologically translated into human societies, whereby camouflage has been used to mask intentions, actions, feelings and valuable objects or spaces. Through the material presence of such techniques, everyday spaces can become inscribed as places of sanctuary. Focusing on British civil camouflage work of the 1930s and 1940s, this paper explores the historical, cultural and political connotations of camouflage and how the attainment of invisibility, as a 'weapon of the weak', can both physically and affectively protect urban populations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)351-368
    Number of pages18
    JournalSpace and Polity
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


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