Tearing Down the Streets by Jeff Ferrell
Adventures in Urban Anarchy

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From New York to San Francisco, Times Square to the Tenderloin, graffiti artists, young people, radical environmentalists, and the homeless clash with police on city streets in an attempt take back urban spaces from the developers and "disneyfiers". Drawing on more than a decade of first-hand research, this lively account goes inside the worlds of street musicians, homeless punks, militant bicycle activists, high-risk "BASE jump" parachutists, skateboarders, outlaw radio operators, and hip hop graffiti artists, to explore the day-to-day skirmishes in the struggle over public life and public space.

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Jeff Ferrell is Professor of Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University. His books include Crimes of Style: Urban Graffiti and The Politics of Criminology. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Published December 7, 2001 by Palgrave Macmillan. 288 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Apparently disgruntled by the lack of appreciation for his efforts to improve the landscape through street singing, spraying graffiti, and putting a smelly couch in an intersection as “an act of political resistance,” the author concludes that a race and class war is being waged against “outsider...

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Interweaving political analysis, social history and a semi–gonzo-pop journalism, Ferrell, professor of criminal justice at Northern Arizona University, writes of his own adventures as a graffiti artist, street entertainer and political bicyclist, but places his political commitments in a broad hi...

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