Despite the rise of a "new" graffiti subculture, public officials in New York and other cities routinely deem it as a criminal act and the potential cause of economic and civic collapse. Ronald Kramer will tell the tale of the emergence of legal graffiti writing in New York City, and how this has led to a new ethos among graffiti writers.

This talk will explore the political and economic advantages that political elites secure by embracing strong "anti-graffiti" positions and why graffiti often stirs intense cultural debates.


Ronald Kramer is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at the University of Auckland. His research focuses on how power imbalances impact our thinking about crime, and how they shape everyday practices within criminal justice systems.

He has explored the relationship between power, deviance and control through empirical studies on graffiti-writing culture, fieldwork conducted in Rikers Island and an institutional ethnography of district courts.


6:30 PM @Fort St Union | 16 Fort St, Auckland, 1010

* No age restrictions if accompanied by a legal guardian

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