Writing on the Wall – Campus Progress dot org – Book Review

A new academic book on graffiti offers a far too uncritical look at the art form.

By Ben Adler
October 29, 2008


A New York Transit Authority Number 1 subway car bearing the graffiti tag “Dani.” (AP Photo/NYPD)

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

In his review of Graffiti Lives: Beyond the Tag in New York’s Urban Underground by Gregory Snyder, a sociologist and anthropologist at Baruch College in New York City – Adler asks:

So rather than attempting that, I wish that Snyder had devoted some space and energy to seriously examining questions he should have tackled: Can graffiti be harnessed as a force for social change? Do political pieces like this one [photo above] awaken the minds of the disengaged?

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