Graffiti: Vandalism, Street Art and Cultural Significance


Xuan Paradis and Minda Matthew (Editors)

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status
BISAC: SOC026030

In Graffiti: Vandalism, Street Art and Cultural Significance, the authors first present a study wherein a political dimension of art was analyzed using Jacques Rancière’s theory, the micropolitical context in contemporary cities was analyzed using Michael Foucault’s theory, and the research methodology was based on the urban ethnography of Italian author Massimo Canevacci. They present the experiences of five graffiti writers, exposing themes of resistance against societal rules. Next, the books examine an event that happened during a graffitti workshop with youths in a city in the South of Brazil. The attempt to draw graffiti on a school’s white wall, seen by the youths as transgression towards the institution and its rules, brought about a variety of reactions. The security guard reprimanded them, and the pedagogical coordinator listened to them, but also mentioned the possibility of asking the director’s permission. After listening to the youths’ arguments and negotiating the image which would be drawn, the director ended up allowing the graffiti to be created. Next, the authors present a study on graffiti art in a skate park in Malta, with the goal of exploring some of the functions the artworks serve. The skate park authorizes graffiti in an attempt to create “safe spaces” for young people aimed at engaging them in creative, recreational activities they enjoy doing. The authors suggest that graffiti art in designated spaces could potentially reverse the association of graffiti with social unrest, fear, vandalism and crime. Following this, the book analyzes graffiti and street-art production of the extreme right-wing groups in Slovenia. The authors state that modern fascism is direct, exclusive, and aggressive, while postmodern fascism has the potential to be even more dangerous, because it looks inclusive, conciliatory, and its diction seems integrative. The concluding study explores the efficiency of the laser cleaning of graffiti spray paints on different types of stone. Five graffiti spray paints are applied on marble, limestone and granite. After that, they are treated with two laser cleaning setups and the potential of the copper bromide vapour laser for cleaning of graffiti spray paints is demonstrated for the first time.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Politics, Resistance and Confrontation: Graffiti in a City in Southern Brazil
(Gabriel Bueno and Andrea Vieira Zanella, Program in Psychology, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil)

Chapter 2. Young People, Graffiti and Transgressions
(Renan Alves de Brito and Andrea Vieira Zanella, Program in Psychology, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil)

Chapter 3. It’s Not Vandalism, It’s Our Leisure: A Multimodal Study of Skate Park Graffiti
(Joanne Cassar and George Cremona, Department of Youth and Community Studies and Department of Languages and Humanities in Education, University of Malta, Msida, Malta)

Chapter 4. Spraying Hatred: Extreme-Right Graffiti and Street Art in Slovenia
(Professor Dr. Mitja Velikonja, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Chapter 5. Laser Cleaning of Graffiti Spray Paints on Marble, Limestone and Granite
(Victoria Atanassova, PhD, Metal Vapour Lasers Laboratory, Institute of Solid State Physics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria)


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