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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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“Crimes of Style is excellent sociology, fascinating ethnography, and compelling anarchist criminology.”—The Criminologist

“The reader is treated to a rich description of graffiti culture embedded in an analysis of social control. . . . [Ferrell] expands criminological theory by integrating conventional concepts with more recent developments in anarchist criminology and postmodernism.”—Justice Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555532765
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 9/3/1996
  • Series: Current Issues in Criminal Justice Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 1,249,698
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

JEFF FERRELL is Professor of Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University. He is coeditor (with Clinton R. Sanders) of Cultural Criminology and coauthor (with Mark S. Hamm) of Ethnography at the Edge: Crime, Deviance, and Field Research, also published by Northeastern University Press.

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Table of Contents

Series Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction 3
Ch. 2 Denver Graffiti and the Syndicate Scene 21
Denver Graffiti and the Syndicate Scene: A Cultural History 30
Social and Aesthetic Resources 37
Subcultural Dynamics 49
Ch. 3 Doing Graffiti 57
Elements of Style 58
Tags 58
Paint, Markers, Bags, and Pockets 63
Piecebooks 68
Writing Graffiti 70
Tagging 70
Piecing 76
Throwing Up 83
Biting 85
Going Over 87
Dissin' 90
Signpainting 92
Drinking, Smoking, and Huffing: A Footnote 94
Ch. 4 The Clampdown: Graffiti as Crime 101
Moral Entrepreneurs and Moral Enterprise: The Denver Anti-Graffiti Campaign 106
Strategies of Enforcement and Control: The Clampdown 117
Image and Ideology in the Criminalizaton of Graffiti 133
Unintended Consequences: The Amplification of Crime 146
Ch. 5 Crimes of Style 159
Crimes of Style: Graffiti Writing 166
Crimes of Style: The Aesthetics of Authority 178
Graffiti Writing and Anarchist Criminology 186
References 209
Index 229
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