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
ByJeffrey Ian Ross

part 1|125 pages

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

chapter 1|10 pages

Ancient graffiti

ByJ.A. Baird, Claire Taylor

chapter 2|9 pages

Trains, railroad workers and illegal riders

The subcultural world of hobo graffiti
ByJohn F. Lennon

chapter 3|12 pages

The history of freight train graffiti in North America 1

ByRobert Donald Weide

chapter 4|13 pages

Deconstructing gang graffiti

BySusan A. Phillips

chapter 5|17 pages

Prison inmate graffiti

ByJacqueline Z. Wilson

chapter 6|14 pages

Ways of being seen

Gender and the writing on the wall
ByJessica N. Pabón

chapter 7|11 pages

Research and theory on latrinalia

ByAdam Trahan

chapter 8|10 pages

Yarn bombing – the softer side of street art 1

ByMinna Haveri

chapter 9|11 pages

Straight from the underground

New York City's legal graffiti writing culture 1
ByRonald Kramer

chapter 10|12 pages

American Indian graffiti

ByFavian Martín

part 2|77 pages

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

chapter 11|17 pages

Graffiti and street art as ornament

ByRafael Schacter

chapter 13|15 pages

Graffiti art and the city

From piece-making to place-making
ByGraeme Evans

chapter 14|11 pages

Something for the boys?

Exploring the changing gender dynamics of the graffiti subculture
ByNancy Macdonald

chapter 15|10 pages

The psychology behind graffiti involvement

ByMyra F. Taylor, Julie Ann Pooley, Georgia Carragher

chapter 16|10 pages

Graffiti and the subculture career 1

ByGregory J. Snyder

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
ByJoe A. Austin

chapter 19|11 pages

Pop culture and politics

Graffiti and street art in Montréal
ByAnna Wacławek

chapter 21|16 pages

London calling

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

chapter 22|13 pages

Graffiti and street art in Paris

ByDavid Fieni

chapter 23|17 pages

From Marx to Merkel

Political muralism and street art in Lisbon 1
ByRicardo Campos

chapter 25|11 pages

Wall talk

Palestinian graffiti
ByJulie Peteet

chapter 26|12 pages

Graffiti/street art in Tokyo and surrounding districts

ByHidetsugu Yamakoshi, Yasumasa Sekine

chapter 28|16 pages

Contesting transcultural trends

Emerging self-identities and urban art images in Hong Kong
ByMinna Valjakka

part 4|86 pages

Effects of graffiti and street art 1

chapter 30|12 pages

New York City's moral panic over graffiti

Normalizing neoliberal penality and paving the way for growth machines 1
ByRonald Kramer

chapter 31|13 pages

Stealing from the public

The value of street art taken from the street
ByPeter Bengtsen

chapter 32|11 pages

How American movies depict graffiti and street art 1

ByJeffrey Ian Ross

chapter 34|12 pages

Does copyright law protect graffiti and street art?

ByDanwill D. Schwender

chapter 35|11 pages

Graffiti, street art, and the evolution of the art market

ByMaia Morgan Wells