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Waiting for freedom
Liene Ozoliņa

letters asking in Latvian ‘Where is your responsibility?’ (Kur ir tava atbildība?). The stencil made me wince – the audacity of the question! The admonishment! – but it also struck me because it was unlike any graffiti I had seen, either in Riga or any other city. Graffiti was usually a genre for Epilogue 119 speaking back to power, a way of challenging the hegemonic norms both in terms of its message as well as via the illegal format itself. Yet here was a stencil that sounded like some of the civil servants or policy makers I had been interviewing about the

in Politics of waiting
Liene Ozoliņa

genre in Latvia where we can pick up key nodes of the normative discourse. In a famous example of this peculiar home-grown genre, the PM Andris Šķēle said on the eve of 1996 that Latvians had to start brushing their teeth and washing their pants if they wanted to succeed in the new market democracy. His was a blunt way of condemning the post-Soviet subjects’ alleged passiveness and reluctance to take their fate into their own hands. These words about the seven fat years coming were alluding to the recent growth of the economy and people’s wages, following the long

in Politics of waiting