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From Social Deviance to Art: Vandalism, Illicit Dumping, and the Transformation of Matter and Form

The Law Art and Behavior Foundation, 00198 Rome, Italy
Soc. Sci. 2020, 9(6), 106;
Received: 14 May 2020 / Revised: 10 June 2020 / Accepted: 14 June 2020 / Published: 19 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Green Criminology)
In this article, assemblage art is presented to visually underscore social discourse relevant to urban vandalism and illegal dumping. The waste emergency, brought about, in part, also by illegal dumping and littering, is experienced on a daily basis across the globe in industrialized and less-industrialized countries alike. Likewise, vandalism is so pervasive in some areas that we have come to normalize it as intrinsic to urban life. The pieces presented here serve as attention-inducers. Destroyed or dumped things are assembled into new forms which symbolically and “totemically” represent [contemporary] collective identity. While the poetics of the art presented is not political, nor was the art created for social purposes, its social impact or social and criminological connection with deviance is a consequence of the “where” the assembled parts were found. The matter collected is transformed and its shapes and its source can now be seen and confronted, rather than avoided. Broken parts become a new whole, and also herein lies another symbolic connection with the world of deviance as far as the obvious possibility for change and transformation, relevant to broken lives and broken communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: art; transformation; vandalism; dumping art; transformation; vandalism; dumping
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Palermo, M.T. From Social Deviance to Art: Vandalism, Illicit Dumping, and the Transformation of Matter and Form. Soc. Sci. 2020, 9, 106.

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