We thank E. Arnold Modlin Jr. and Chris Gremillion for suggestions during our research. We also thank the three anonymous reviewers for their constructive remarks. Special thanks to Klaus Dodds and Pauliina Raento for their insightful comments and suggestions during the editing of this manuscript. We dedicate our article to Katie Ball, a geographer and friend who will never be forgotten.
GRAFFITI HURTS AND THE ERADICATION OF ALTERNATIVE LANDSCAPE EXPRESSION*
Article first published online: 28 DEC 2010
© 2011 by the American Geographical Society of New York
Volume 101, Issue 1, pages 106–124, January 2011
How to Cite
MOREAU, T. and ALDERMAN, D. H. (2011), GRAFFITI HURTS AND THE ERADICATION OF ALTERNATIVE LANDSCAPE EXPRESSION. Geographical Review, 101: 106–124. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2011.00075.x
- Issue published online: 28 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 28 DEC 2010
- Graffiti Hurts;
- landscape inscription
Dominant ideology influences political identity, not only through the production of icons and material artifacts but also through attempts to control and eliminate alternative cultural expressions, such as graffiti. Antigraffiti campaigns seek to define notions of legitimacy and appropriateness in urban landscapes. Inscribing graffiti is an inherently spatial practice, one that provides opportunities for alternative expression. These expressions question the power and authority of dominant sociospatial practices and broaden definitions of citizenship and political appropriateness. In this article we analyze Graffiti Hurts, an organization devoted to the eradication of graffiti, in detail. By framing graffitists as outsiders and criminals, Graffiti Hurts seeks to justify the erasure of graffiti, and in so doing it reinforces exclusionary representations of culture, community, and landscape.