Crimes of Style Urban Graffiti and the Politics of Criminality

ISBN-10: 1555532764

ISBN-13: 9781555532765

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Description: Jeff Ferrell draws on his own extensive field research to thoroughly examine the practices of graffiti artists. Focusing on the city of Denver, he takes a close look at the war against graffiti and the interplay between cultural innovation and institutionalized intolerance, arguing that coordinated corporate and political campaigns to suppress and criminalize graffiti writers further disenfranchises the young, the poor, and people of color.

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 7/3/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748

Aili Mari Tripp is Professor of Political Science and Gender & Women's Studies and Director of the Center for Research on Gender and Women at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Jeff Ferrell is Professor in the department of sociology, criminal justice, and anthropology at Texas Christian University and Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author of Tearing Down the Streets: Adventures in Urban Anarchy , and the editor of NYU's Alternative Criminology Series.

Series Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Denver Graffiti and the Syndicate Scene
Denver Graffiti and the Syndicate Scene: A Cultural History
Social and Aesthetic Resources
Subcultural Dynamics
Doing Graffiti
Elements of Style
Tags
Paint, Markers, Bags, and Pockets
Piecebooks
Writing Graffiti
Tagging
Piecing
Throwing Up
Biting
Going Over
Dissin'
Signpainting
Drinking, Smoking, and Huffing: A Footnote
The Clampdown: Graffiti as Crime
Moral Entrepreneurs and Moral Enterprise: The Denver Anti-Graffiti Campaign
Strategies of Enforcement and Control: The Clampdown
Image and Ideology in the Criminalizaton of Graffiti
Unintended Consequences: The Amplification of Crime
Crimes of Style
Crimes of Style: Graffiti Writing
Crimes of Style: The Aesthetics of Authority
Graffiti Writing and Anarchist Criminology
References
Index
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