Street Art of Resistance

  • Sarah H. Awad
  • Brady Wagoner

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Sarah H. Awad, Brady Wagoner
    Pages 1-16
  3. Theories of Aesthetics, Resistance and Social Change

  4. Image Circulation and Politics

  5. Urban Space: The City as an Extension of Self

  6. Artists and Social Movements

  7. Rana Jarbou
    Pages E1-E1
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 377-383

About this book


‘Street Art of Resistance’ … is a definitive collection of essays; it has case studies from Belfast to Egypt, art forms ranging from murals to tattoos, and insights that are both theoretical and practical. Street art is a way for suppressed voices to gain representation in the public sphere. These voices combine the power of art to challenge assumptions with the power of the street to make things public; the result is an opening of possibility that refuses to be ignored.’

—Alex Gillespie, London School of Economics and Political Science

This book explores how street art is used as a tool of resistance to express opposition to political systems and social issues around the world. Aesthetic devices such as murals, tags, posters, street performances and caricatures are discussed in terms of how they are employed to occupy urban spaces and present alternative visions of social reality. Based on empirical research, the authors use the framework of creative psychology to explore the aesthetic dimensions of resistance that can be found in graffiti, art, music, poetry and other creative cultural forms. Chapters include case studies from countries including Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, Ireland, Mexico and Spain to shed new light on the social, cultural and political dynamics of street art not only locally, but globally. This innovative collection will be of interest to scholars of social and political psychology, urban studies and the wider sociologies and is essential reading for those interested in the role of art in social change.  

Sarah H. Awad is Fellow at the Centre for Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University, Denmark. Her research interests lie with the interrelation between cultural psychology, communication, and social development, and the processes by which individuals develop through times of social change. 

Brady Wagoner is Professor of Psychology at Aalborg University, Denmark. His publications span a wide range of topics, including cultural psychology, remembering, creativity and social change. He is associate editor of Culture and Psychology and Peace and Conflict, and co-founding editor of Psychology and Society. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sarah H. Awad
    • 1
  • Brady Wagoner
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Communication and PsychologyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Communication and PsychologyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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