Street art, public city : law, crime and the urban imagination / Alison Young.

by Young, Alison [author.]Looking glass.

Publisher: London : Routledge , 2014.Description: xi, 177 pages : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0415538696; 0415729254; 9780415538695; 9780415729253.Other title: Law, crime and the urban imagination.Subject(s): Law and artLooking glass | Public spacesLooking glass | Sociology, UrbanLooking glass | Street art, Graffiti, -- History | Urban beautificationLooking glass | Visual sociologyLooking glassNote: Contains bibliography and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

What is street art? Who is the street artist? Why is street art a crime?

Since the late 1990s, a distinctive cultural practice has emerged in many cities: street art, involving the placement of uncommissioned artworks in public places. Sometimes regarded as a variant of graffiti, sometimes called a new art movement, its practitioners engage in illicit activities while at the same time the resulting artworks can command high prices at auction and have become collectable aesthetic commodities. Such paradoxical responses show that street art challenges conventional understandings of culture, law, crime and art.

Street Art, Public City: Law, Crime and the Urban Imagination engages with those paradoxes in order to understand how street art reveals new modes of citizenship in the contemporary city. It examines the histories of street art and the motivations of street artists, and the experiences both of making street art and looking at street art in public space. It considers the ways in which street art has become an integral part of the identity of cities such as London, New York, Berlin, and Melbourne, at the same time as street art has become increasingly criminalised. It investigates the implications of street art for conceptions of property and authority, and suggests that street art and the urban imagination can point us towards a different kind of city: the public city.

Street Art, Public City will be of interest to readers concerned with art, culture, law, cities and urban space, and also to readers in the fields of legal studies, cultural criminology, urban geography, cultural studies and art more generally.

Contains bibliography and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of plates (p. vi)
  • List of figures (p. vii)
  • Acknowledgements (p. ix)
  • 1 The situational artwork (p. 1)
  • Encounter: watching JR (p. 37)
  • 2 The cities in the city (p. 41)
  • Encounter: criminal damage? (p. 59)
  • 3 Cityscapes (p. 61)
  • Encounter: losing the image (p. 95)
  • 4 Criminalising the image (p. 99)
  • Encounter: things on walls (p. 125)
  • 5 Street art and spatial politics (p. 127)
  • Encounter: Banksy under glass (p. 147)
  • 6 Transformations: urban imagination in the public city (p. 151)
  • Bibliography (p. 165)
  • Index (p. 175)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Alison Young is a Professor of Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.