Journal article

Placing Graffiti: Creating and Contesting Character in Inner-city Melbourne

K Dovey, S Wollan, I Woodcock

Journal of Urban Design | Taylor & Francis Ltd | Published : 2012

Abstract

Debates over definitions of urban graffiti as either 'street art' or 'vandalism' tend to focus on either contributions to the field of artistic practice or violations of a legal code. This paper explores the place of graffiti as an urban spatial practice-why is graffiti where it is and what is its role in the constructions and experiences of place? Through interviews and mapping in inner-city Melbourne, the paper explores the ways that potential for different types of graffiti is mediated by the micro-morphology of the city and becomes embodied into the urban habitus and field of symbolic capital. From a framework of Deleuzian assemblage theory graffiti negotiates ambiguous territories betwe..

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