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"Allt handlar om att synas" En studie om graffitimålande ungdomar i Bromma

Holmgren, Victoria (2004)
School of Social Work
Abstract
This is a qualitative study of how the youth in the graffiti subculture of Bromma look upon their own situation. The main research questions of the study were: How do the writers define graffiti? Why do the writers, of this study, start to do graffiti? What attractions do the writers find with graffiti? What various reasons would make them stop? The empirical base consisted of seven interviews with writers. The writers are between 16 and 21 years old and come from different backgrounds. In my analysis, I used Goffman's "dramaturgical approach", an approach that views social life as performances similar to those performed at a theatre. In the analysis I also used earlier research with a criminological, an ethnographic and a social science... (More)
This is a qualitative study of how the youth in the graffiti subculture of Bromma look upon their own situation. The main research questions of the study were: How do the writers define graffiti? Why do the writers, of this study, start to do graffiti? What attractions do the writers find with graffiti? What various reasons would make them stop? The empirical base consisted of seven interviews with writers. The writers are between 16 and 21 years old and come from different backgrounds. In my analysis, I used Goffman's "dramaturgical approach", an approach that views social life as performances similar to those performed at a theatre. In the analysis I also used earlier research with a criminological, an ethnographic and a social science perspective. The findings indicate that graffitists constitute a heterogeneous group as regards to both their background characteristics and their personal opinion about the meaningfulness of graffiti.The writers of this study started with graffiti when they were between 11 and 16 years old. The most common thing was that writers got introduce to the graffiti by a friend. They started with graffiti as a search for a voice and a status at a time in life when this was hard to find. By writing their name they earned fame and respect. Other personal benefits of the subculture membership are fellowship with the peer group but also the highs and the excitement by doing something illegal. The youths in the study have difficulty seeing the negative factors and what could make them stop. Some aspects they do say for potential reasons for stopping could be getting arrested, not getting fame and respect anymore or growing up and building a family. (Less)
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author
Holmgren, Victoria
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Social problems and welfare, national insurance, Sociala problem, social välfärd, socialförsäkring
language
Swedish
id
1357728
date added to LUP
2004-11-08
date last changed
2004-11-08
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  abstract     = {This is a qualitative study of how the youth in the graffiti subculture of Bromma look upon their own situation. The main research questions of the study were: How do the writers define graffiti? Why do the writers, of this study, start to do graffiti? What attractions do the writers find with graffiti? What various reasons would make them stop? The empirical base consisted of seven interviews with writers. The writers are between 16 and 21 years old and come from different backgrounds. In my analysis, I used Goffman's "dramaturgical approach", an approach that views social life as performances similar to those performed at a theatre. In the analysis I also used earlier research with a criminological, an ethnographic and a social science perspective. The findings indicate that graffitists constitute a heterogeneous group as regards to both their background characteristics and their personal opinion about the meaningfulness of graffiti.The writers of this study started with graffiti when they were between 11 and 16 years old. The most common thing was that writers got introduce to the graffiti by a friend. They started with graffiti as a search for a voice and a status at a time in life when this was hard to find. By writing their name they earned fame and respect. Other personal benefits of the subculture membership are fellowship with the peer group but also the highs and the excitement by doing something illegal. The youths in the study have difficulty seeing the negative factors and what could make them stop. Some aspects they do say for potential reasons for stopping could be getting arrested, not getting fame and respect anymore or growing up and building a family.},
  author       = {Holmgren, Victoria},
  keyword      = {Social problems and welfare, national insurance,Sociala problem, social välfärd, socialförsäkring},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {"Allt handlar om att synas" En studie om graffitimålande ungdomar i Bromma},
  year         = {2004},
}