Crimes of Style
Urban Graffiti and the Politics of Criminality
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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.
Northeastern University Press, 9781555532765, 256pp.
Publication Date: July 3, 1996
About 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.