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Fear Thy Neighbor as Thyself. I remember heading out on a morning run a few years back in San Antonio, Texas, and purposefully avoiding the graffiti-laden areas. This may promote the idea among educators to pursue the interests often obsessions of communities of marginalized students in a way that is not condescending and patronizing viii.

She called these historical puzzles. What strikes me most with her use of artistic expression and modes of curriculum theorizing is the fact that two polar opposites are expected to blend and she knows this is what is inherent in the art world Graffiti and Gangs in L.

Not so fast, I finally began to say. I wanted to ask the right questions, as Zizek proposes. I am not sure if these will ever not be offensive to me, though I am steadfast as the observer, not the judge.

I wish to question and explore modes of curriculum theorizing by genuinely valuing the insights and perspectives of youth of various races, classes, and genders. So the search continued. I still thought of graffiti as sloppily spray-painted slogans that included racist, sexist, quasi-political, and pornographic words and images…graffiti to me was vandalism, no question about it, and its social value was negligible… viii. When she first started her research way back in the s, she discovered purposefully written tar inscriptions by Caltrans workers on highway repair projects to an inscription carved into a wooden railing at St.

Interesting things are often difficult to find though the beauty of curiosity is that persistence eventually pays off. I still thought of graffiti as sloppily spray-painted slogans that included racist, sexist, quasi-political, and pornographic words and images…graffiti to me was vandalism, no question about it, and its social value was negligible… viii To this: Initially I saw little or nothing on hip-hop graffiti writers as fictional subjects in literary works and literally two books that had brief mentions of graffiti and hip-hop as a legitimate movement.


She makes a lot of distinctions between gang graffiti, though, and hip-hop graffiti, which is why it remains interesting and controversial — very little is understood about this medium. I begin with a broad overview of my search.

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Here is one of the sites I found interesting that talks about it: The beginning lasts anywhere from six months to a year. Art Gallery of Calgary Catalogue. Her aim is to call attention to castlean issues as they are, with the prospect of lessening the paranoia that surrounds the graffiti-gang persona 4. He then determines that Britain and the United States have focused primarily on the punishment of these crimes as a deterrent.

And to be fair there is an entire unrestrained range of graffiti writing taking place that is racist, sexist, and loe known to go against the unwritten rules of the street, one of which is not hitting religious structures or any places of worship.

Well I was wrong to some degree.

You Have to Watch to Learn. Casfleman a result I began to wonder about two things that were related to this idea of graffiti as a punishable crime and its relation to the literacy crisis. I think the first amendment needs work but this is not the focus of my research, lest I veer off into another gray area.

She wrote a book on graffiti and hip-hop titled, Painting Without Permissionwhich was the result of her days as a student in Montreal and subsequent published author, speaker, and graffuti.

I found this book on criminology and control by David Garland that talked about post-WWII draig public policy and opinion. Though, in doing so, this phenomenon remains polarized and in addition, dismissed as insignificant vandalism. I am not a judge, jury, ethicist, or comrade.

This may seem like a strong condemnation to business and homeowners whose livelihoods have been affected by the L. With that said, I would like vraffiti talk about what I have learned and where I find one particular area of focus very fascinating and worthy of time and study. In this he includes the graffiti-writing urban gang member, the physicist, the policeman, and the Cyberpunk all using different Discourses that integrate, divide, and sort people and groups in society 4.


Anyway, the picture I referred to earlier has begun to come into focus little by little, though there continue to be entire days spent veering off loe minimally related areas that enhance the blur.

To begin to understand the world of graffiti and its overall effects on those of us who live in cities, towns, rural areas or suburbia, it is necessary to look at its socio-cultural, political and historical influences. My research always seems to take me back to James Gee and Discourse. Working through novels, newspaper articles, kos arguments on both sides of the proverbial coin I still had only small glimpses of the bigger picture. Just look at You Tube for anti-graffiti campaigns in Los Angeles and once again the fear and confusion about the graffiti culture begin to re-emerge.

Education theory in the North American Continent has cragi stuck in bureaucracy for years, barely able to pay its teachers. He is very clear to emphasize that in contemporary criminology the blame has now been shifted somewhat crraig the state — not psychological defect — for failing these youth.

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Hip-hop graffiti writers are a very strong presence in this puzzle. This is what I mean by two unfriendly neighbors.

I found interviews though there is still more to learn in this area. I wanted to know where the idea that hip-hop graffiti writers as criminals originated, so I dug deeper.