Conferences · graffiti · Uncategorized

Graffiti, media & the commodification of resistance

This week I presented ‘Instagraff – How the rich kids of Instagram killed the graffiti writer’ to the British Sociological Association annual conference at Manchester University. This was picked up by a number of press outlets, including a Radio 4 interview on the Today show and an interview and piece in the Times. In the same issue of… Continue reading Graffiti, media & the commodification of resistance

Conferences · graffiti · Uncategorized

BSA Conference 4-6th April

I am very excited to say I will be presenting at the British Sociological Association conference this year. I am presenting a co-authored paper with my colleague Charlene Crossley that examines the role of map making in a participatory action research cycle – this examines Charlene’s work with young people and my work with female… Continue reading BSA Conference 4-6th April

Conferences · Education · graffiti

Discourse(s) in the Social Sciences

Tomorrow I am presenting at the conference ‘Discourse(s) in the Social Sciences’ at York University. Follow this link to find out more about the conference. I am presenting the results of my masters dissertation, mainly because I am currently editing it in to a journal submission and I could really do with the feedback that… Continue reading Discourse(s) in the Social Sciences


Rethinking graffiti – as deviance

So my last blog post was an introduction to a talk I gave recently about my observations from studying graffiti in Stoke-on-Trent and Valparaiso, Chile. Todays blog has almost sprung out of that one really. When considering graffiti as community action, a huge part of what it means to be  graffiti artist and part of… Continue reading Rethinking graffiti – as deviance

Conferences · graffiti

Rethinking Graffiti at Keele Postgraduate Research Forum 14/10/2014

Today I was given the opportunity to do a talk on some of the issues and observations that have arisen since returning from Chile. The talk was facilitated by Keele Postgraduate Research Forum, and I’m really grateful for the opportunity to float my ideas among some amazing Keele postgrads and to practise some presenting before… Continue reading Rethinking Graffiti at Keele Postgraduate Research Forum 14/10/2014


Art and Criminal Justice Interventions

Since returning from Chile I have been working through the pictures I took, the memories I made and the field notes I wrote. I have begun to compare my experience examining street art in Valparaiso to the ethnography I completed here, locally in Stoke-on-Trent, for my final year dissertation. A reoccurring theme in my notes… Continue reading Art and Criminal Justice Interventions

Field Work Diary · graffiti

An afternoon with Jekse & Cines – In Pictures

Heres a pictures round up of the afternoon/evening spent with amazing graffiti artists Jekse & Cines. Begining with a tagged and scruffy looking garage door in an otherwise tidy part of the neighbourhood. Jekse & Cines work strait on to the door without using a washed out background. They are a ouple and work together… Continue reading An afternoon with Jekse & Cines – In Pictures

Field Work Diary · graffiti

Day 10 – not goodbye, just ‘see you later..’

Today is my last day in Valparaiso, and in Chile. I left Valparaiso in the pouring rain (the first rainfall of my stay) at 9am and made the 2 hour journey to Santiago ready for the airport. Once at the airport I met a Chilean lady who had lived in Ireland for the last 20… Continue reading Day 10 – not goodbye, just ‘see you later..’

Field Work Diary · graffiti

Day 8 – Artisans on street art

Day eight has arrived and I am now practically part of the furniture here in Valparaiso. People have begun to notice that I am still wondering round over a week later, which makes them curious. Valparaiso is a transient place, travellers stay for short periods, and tourists even shorter. I have decided to capitalise on… Continue reading Day 8 – Artisans on street art