The Meanings of Graffiti and Municipal Administration

  title={The Meanings of Graffiti and Municipal Administration},
  author={Mark D. Halsey and Alison Young},
  journal={Australian \& New Zealand Journal of Criminology},
  pages={165 - 186}
  • M. HalseyA. Young
  • Published 1 August 2002
  • Sociology
  • Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology
Abstract This article explores various sociocultural aspects of graffiti, and examines municipal administrative responses to its occurrence. It is argued that the diversity of graffiti — in terms of its authors, styles and significance — poses a number of problems for agencies attempting in the first instance to classify graffiti (as “crime” or “art”) and in the second to control its occurrence (whether to “eradicate” or “permit”). Drawing on discussions with local council representatives and… 

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