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Graffiti and Dress
Graffiti and dress

Many of these instances relate to previous chapters in terms of the mixture of popular and oppositional cultures, directness of aesthetic impact, low-cost accessibility, and their function in tightly repressive situations (Soviet-era Moscow, military dictatorship, the slavery era). They are public sphere interventions that spark the very conversations and interactions, even if surreptitious, that feed social movements, and a movement toward democracy or toward a more strongly democratic culture. Women's agency is very visible again, as it was in Chapter 10.

  • Young people's graffiti in Moscow before the collapse of the Soviet Union
  • Nigerian students' political graffiti under a harsh military dictatorship
  • African American dress styles
  • Maya dress in Guatemala during the decades of military repression
  • Under military rule Chilean women make arpilleras
  • Quilting as clandestine ...

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