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NCJ Number: 149159 Find in a Library
Title: Graffiti, Identity and the Delinquent Gang
Journal: Internal Journal of Offender and Comparative Criminology  Volume:22  Issue:1  Dated:(1978)  Pages:46-48
Author(s): W K Brown
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 3
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Graffiti is often used by delinquent gangs more to receive recognition and publicize their identity than to deface property.
Abstract: Gangs use graffiti to communicate messages that all members understand, to identify specific individuals, and to mark territory. Further, graffiti is employed to display gang existence and relationships and the street identity of gang members. In Philadelphia in particular, graffiti indicates gang territorial ownership and control. In general, the gang subculture understands graffiti, and the use of graffiti represents an important form of symbolic behavior in the gang subculture. Through graffiti, gang members can receive status within the gang by accomplishing difficult exploits. Graffiti also represents a way of maintaining order in an environment of danger and change. 5 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Graffiti; Juvenile delinquents; Juvenile gang behavior patterns; Pennsylvania
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