Urban graffiti, political activism and resistance

Authored by: Noureddine Miladi

The Routledge Companion To Media And Activism

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138202030
eBook ISBN: 9781315475059
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Graffiti writings and political slogans painted on street walls, doors and sometimes on pavements and grounds of public spaces have become significant means of effective communication. This chapter analyzes the development of graffiti art from mere self-expression into a tool for political activism and resistance. It also discusses how far graffiti is about a struggle over the definition of space and the claims to the ownership of that space. It looks at the extent to which such works of art have been employed as means for political activism and can work as counter flows of information against hegemonic power structures.

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