Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

L. Kaifa Roland

Second Advisor

Christian Hammons

Third Advisor

Gerardo Gutiérrez

Abstract

In this thesis, I examine the urban art of Oaxaca, Mexico, specifically that of graffiti and street art. I focus on the ways that urban art genres entangle with one another and with hegemonic centers of power. Focusing on the areas of identity, class, taste, politics, protest, and commercialism, I argue that entanglements reflect and speak to the complex realities in which these expressive forms situate themselves.

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