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Searching for Graffiti on Virtual Walls: An Analysis of Unsanctioned Literacies and the Presence of Conscientização
by Doyle, Corydon J., Ph.D., Hofstra University, 2020, 165; 28000920
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation study examined the semiotic elements of both traditional (physical) and online unsanctioned literacies (i.e. graffiti). Based on theories in the New Literacy Studies (NLS) paradigm and the conclusions put forth by researchers who have examined aspects of these phenomena in the past, a focus of this study was to compare the traditional and online samples as literacy practices. Furthermore, an additional focus was to determine the presence and role of a critical consciousness (conscientização) of the writers/designers of these unsanctioned literacy practices. A qualitative content analysis of semiotic features was completed with samples collected between 2016 - 2020 from various sources (e.g. social media, photographs, news sources, etc.). The collected samples were organized, coded, and analyzed based on their medium (i.e. traditional or online), their modality (i.e. text only, image only, text and image together), and their semiotic style elements (i.e. emplacement, proximity, accentuation, and manipulation). Furthermore, to address the presence of conscientização, interviews with four participants took place in March 2020. Findings indicate various semiotic similarities between the unsanctioned literacies practices in both mediums, including many of the paradoxical elements that were known to exist with traditional graffiti. Interviews with the four participants highlighted the role of conscientização as a significant motivator in regard to online practices.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McGinnis, Theresa A.
Commitee: Flurkey, Alan, Elkis-Abuhoff, Deborah, Henry, Jeanne, Schultz, David
School: Hofstra University
Department: Literacy Studies
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education, Linguistics, Sociology
Keywords: Conscientização, Graffiti, Memes, Trump
Publication Number: 28000920
ISBN: 9798662429239
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