Boys Doing Art: The Construction of Outlaw Masculinity in a Portland, Oregon, Graffiti Crew
Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
Though academic discourse on graffiti often laments the fact that it is treated as a crime, such arguments neglect how the outlaw status of graffiti has been integrally related to its allure and how it is understood and experienced by “writers” (the preferred term of graffiti artists). Participant observation and formal and informal interviews of members of a midstatus Portland, Oregon graffiti crew reveal how graffiti reflects a particular version of masculinity and at the same time serves as a resource for constructing masculine identity and achieving status and respect among male peers. Partly because of its outlaw status, graffiti is a domain of visual art that reinforces, rather than undercuts, a version of masculinity that values daring, risk, rebelliousness, ingenuity, commitment, and sacrifice, as well as a flamboyant and edgy set of aesthetics.
Author Supplied Keywords
Masculinity, Graffiti, Deviance, Street art
Graffiti culture; Graffiti--Social Aspects; Masculinity--Analysis
Citation: Pilot Scholars Version (Modified MLA Style)
Monto, Martin A.; Machalek, Janna; and Anderson, Terri L., "Boys Doing Art: The Construction of Outlaw Masculinity in a Portland, Oregon, Graffiti Crew" (2013). Sociology and Social Work Faculty Publications and Presentations. Paper 10.
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