The Graffiti Subculture

Youth, Masculinity and Identity in London and New York

  • Authors
  • Nancy Macdonald

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Nancy Macdonald
    Pages 1-9
  3. Nancy Macdonald
    Pages 49-62
  4. Nancy Macdonald
    Pages 228-233
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 234-256

About this book


This book is the most extensive contribution to our understanding of the graffiti subculture to date. Using insights from ethnographic research conducted in London and New York, the author explores the varying ways young men use graffiti to construct masculinity, claim power and establish independence from the institutions which define and often limit them as young people. Forging a link between subcultural practice and identity construction, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in new understandings of youth and their subcultures.


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