The Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art integrates and reviews current scholarship in the field of graffiti and street art. Thirty-seven original contributions are organized around four sections:

  • History, Types, and Writers/Artists of Graffiti and Street Art;
  • Theoretical Explanations of Graffiti and Street Art/Causes of Graffiti and Street Art;
  • Regional/Municipal Variations/Differences of Graffiti and Street Art; and,
  • Effects of Graffiti and Street Art.

Chapters are written by experts from different countries throughout the world and their expertise spans the fields of American Studies, Art Theory, Criminology, Criminal justice, Ethnography, Photography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Visual Communication.

The Handbook will be of interest to researchers, instructors, advanced students, libraries, and art gallery and museum curators. 

This book is also accessible to practitioners and policy makers in the fields of criminal justice, law enforcement, art history, museum studies, tourism studies, and urban studies as well as members of the news media. The Handbook  includes 70 images, a glossary, a chronology, and the electronic edition will be widely hyperlinked. 

chapter |10 pages


Sorting it all out 1

part 1|125 pages

History, types, and writers/artists of graffiti and street art 1

chapter 2|9 pages

Trains, railroad workers and illegal riders

The subcultural world of hobo graffiti

chapter 6|14 pages

Ways of being seen

Gender and the writing on the wall

chapter 9|11 pages

Straight from the underground

New York City's legal graffiti writing culture 1

part 2|77 pages

Theoretical explanations of graffiti and street art/causes of graffiti and street art 1

part 3|173 pages

Regional/municipal variations/differences of graffiti and street art 1

chapter 17|11 pages

From the city walls to 'Clean Trains'

Graffiti in New York City, 1969–1990

chapter 19|11 pages

Pop culture and politics

Graffiti and street art in Montréal

chapter 21|16 pages

London calling

Contemporary graffiti and street art in the UK's capital 1

chapter 23|17 pages

From Marx to Merkel

Political muralism and street art in Lisbon 1

chapter 25|11 pages

Wall talk

Palestinian graffiti

chapter 28|16 pages

Contesting transcultural trends

Emerging self-identities and urban art images in Hong Kong

part 4|86 pages

Effects of graffiti and street art 1