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    Race, circulation, and the city: the case of the Chicago city sticker controversy

    Topinka, Robert (2016) Race, circulation, and the city: the case of the Chicago city sticker controversy. Western Journal of Communication 80 (2), pp. 163-184. ISSN 1745-1027.

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    The city sticker controversy began when an anonymous, openly racist blog accused a Latino boy of smuggling gang imagery into his contest-winning design for the 2012 Chicago vehicle sticker. It continued when mainstream media outlets repeatedly cited the blog’s accusations without acknowledging its racism. I argue that a form of circulation that contains bodies of color and promotes the mobility of other bodies helped to secure the credibility of the blog’s claims, consolidating the association of bodies of color with gang violence. I explore the relationships among the processes and practices of urban circulation, race, digital media, and mainstream media.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Blogs, Circulation, Gangs, Race, Space
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Robert Topinka
    Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2017 14:40
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:42


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