Street Art, Public City: Law, Crime and the Urban Imagination

Street Art, Public City: Law, Crime and the Urban Imagination

by Alison Young
     
 

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Crime and the Urban Imagination investigates the practices of street art and graffiti as cultural practices at the borders of legality and illegality. Street art has become a highly significant part of the ways in which people shape their urban surroundings. Cities are engaged in a continual process of cultural production through which their self-image is developed

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Crime and the Urban Imagination investigates the practices of street art and graffiti as cultural practices at the borders of legality and illegality. Street art has become a highly significant part of the ways in which people shape their urban surroundings. Cities are engaged in a continual process of cultural production through which their self-image is developed and refined. Sometimes this cultural production is legal – such as architecture, statuary, signage, advertising, and public art; sometimes, it is not – in practices such as billposting, graffiti and street art. For the people who live in or visit the city, the cultural activities contributing to a city’s identity are sometimes unremarkable or even imperceptible; but at other times, they can become contested, subject to planning disputes, legal intervention, and shifts in public opinion. Street art is one cultural practice that generates discussion and even dispute about what can be included in the public image of the city. It is an art form that exists on the boundary between the legal and the illegal, and that can polarise public opinion. Some cities regard it as criminal and seek to prosecute artists; other cities have embraced its potential to contribute to gentrification. Many street artists have found considerable success within the mainstream art world, and must negotiate the tensions between producing art for the street and the demands of the art market. As such, street art is a cultural practice with the capacity to inform us about the nature of urban life, about the limits of public space, and about the borders between art, crime and culture. Crime and the Urban Imagination investigates these borders. Based upon fifteen years of research it examines the ways in which street art has become as integral part of cities’ cultural identities. It will be of interest to readers in the fields of street art and graffiti specifically, but also to those interested in issues to do with cities and urban space, legal geography, cultural criminology as well as cultural studies and art more generally.

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‘My favourite criminologist in the world’

- Banksy

‘Street art is an elusive, complex subject, subject to misinformation and much prejudice. Alison Young offers readers a brilliant rigorous analysis, giving a comprehensive account of street art as a global phenomenon, and the tensions it frequently engenders in the control of public and private space, and the licit and illicit behaviour of artists who choose to stay away from the over-managed space of the museum or gallery.’

- Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery, London

‘From graffiti to "guerrilla knitting", political "pieces" to place-making "paste-ups", the various homologies and diverse characteristics of contemporary street art can seem bewildering, even to the most hard-bitten of urbanites. This sharp, stylish book provides a reliable and theoretically informed route map that, not only demystifies the genre, but also poses some important questions about street art’s democratic and political potential. Alison Young proves to be a most thoughtful and engaging tour guide as she takes us on a fascinating excursion across the contours of the international urban art scene and deep into the subterranean and ever-evolving world of today’s street artists. Whatever your feelings about graffiti, tagging, and other forms of urban mark-making, this book, just like the very best examples of street art, will challenge your preconceptions and make you think more deeply about the affects and effects of the twenty-first century’s most controversial art form.’

- Keith Hayward, Professor of Criminology, University of Kent, UK

‘Alison Young's Street Art, Public City is an indispensable sociology of street art, guiding the reader through the streets of many of the world's major cities. Brilliantly intertwining the disciplines of aesthetics, urbanism and legal theory, it paints a rich and compelling picture of the contemporary urban landscape, subtly bringing into focus a vital dimension of public culture.’

- Professor Jill Bennett, University of New South Wales, Australia

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415538695
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/23/2013
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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