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Graffiti, Aging and Subcultural Memory—A Struggle for Recognition through Podcast Narratives

Department of Sociology, Stockholm University, 10691 Stockholm, Sweden
Societies 2020, 10(1), 1; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10010001
Received: 31 July 2019 / Revised: 2 December 2019 / Accepted: 13 December 2019 / Published: 18 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Youth Cultures and Subcultures)
This article engages with the existential importance of subcultural memory for middle aged men. The social site is digital and consists of the first three Swedish graffiti podcasts where graffitied life courses are reflexively constructed through conversations. The empirical material gives unique insight into the construction of subcultural aging and self-identity and offers a critical reflection on theories of youth cultures. The results show that sharing memories of youth, crime and agency shapes the meaning of graffiti and subcultural cohesion. Retrospective narratives on personal development and increased reflexivity and self-control are constructed. Story telling has a long tradition in graffiti and social media has lately been incorporated within the subculture. As graffiti is a holistic practice, writers adopt many techniques to create graffiti personas, and podcasts, in addition to writing, have been established as a contemporary way to practice graffiti. The article illustrates how graffiti podcasting forms a mnemonic community where the meaning of graffiti is negotiated. Podcasts are memory sites in a struggle for individual and cultural recognition of what used to be labeled a deviant subculture. View Full-Text
Keywords: graffiti; podcasts; subcultural memory; aging; reflexivity; recognition graffiti; podcasts; subcultural memory; aging; reflexivity; recognition
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Jacobson, M. Graffiti, Aging and Subcultural Memory—A Struggle for Recognition through Podcast Narratives. Societies 2020, 10, 1.

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