The Rise of Legal Graffiti Writing in New York and Beyond

Authors: Kramer, Ronald

  • Offers detailed analysis of the legal “graffiti industry,” and the fate of this urban subculture in a “post-subway” era
  • Offers detailed sociological analysis of elite rejections of graffiti art Calls into question the prevailing image of graffiti writers as habitual law breakers 
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This pivot analyzes the historical emergence of legal graffiti and how it has led to a new ethos among writers. Examining how contemporary graffiti writing has been brought into new relationships with major social institutions, it explores the contemporary dynamics between graffiti, society, the art world and social media, paying particular attention to how New York City’s political elite has reacted to graffiti. Despite its major structural transformation, officials in New York continue to construe graffiti writing culture as a monolithic, criminal enterprise, a harbinger of economic and civic collapse. This basic paradox – persistent state opposition to legal forms of graffiti that continue to gain social acceptance – is found in many other major cities throughout the globe, especially those that have embraced neoliberal forms of governance. The author accounts for the cultural conflicts that graffiti consistently engenders by theorizing the political and economic advantages that elites secure by endorsing strong 'anti-graffiti' positions.

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Dr Ronald Kramer is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Kramer, Ronald

    Pages 1-8

  • The Extraction of Subway Graffiti: The Late 1960s to 1989

    Kramer, Ronald

    Pages 9-34

  • The “Clean Train” Era: Creating a Space for the Legal Production of Graffiti

    Kramer, Ronald

    Pages 35-60

  • Responding to the New Graffiti Writing Culture: Broader Publics, Art Worlds, and the Sphere of Commodity Exchange

    Kramer, Ronald

    Pages 61-81

  • The Moral Panic over Graffiti in New York City: Political Elites and the Mass Print Media

    Kramer, Ronald

    Pages 83-102

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  • ISBN 978-981-10-9708-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Rise of Legal Graffiti Writing in New York and Beyond
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-2800-7
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-2800-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-2799-4
Softcover ISBN
978-981-10-9708-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 160
Number of Illustrations and Tables
11 illustrations in colour
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