How is it that US intelligence police force of the CIA pays tribute to graffiti as a symbol of the West's optimism and hopefulness, while the City of Stockholm describe the same phenomenon as crime and a sign of insecurity and social problems?
Graffiti is a multifaceted and complex phenomenon which can be understood in many different ways - as one of the world's largest contemporary art movements, which f÷rslummande vandalism, as adventurous shenanigans and organized crime. The G-word thesis takes various conflicting understandings seriously - accept them as logically inconsistent but assume that they comprehensively in meaning planes are interdependent.
Based on four specific contexts - such as the Berlin wall graffiti during the Cold War and zero tolerance 1990s in Stockholm - examines the thesis how institutions and other societal interests acted to directly or indirectly influence the understanding of graffiti as art, as crime and broader socio-cultural phenomenon.
By Jacob Kimvall, published by Dokument Pressá