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 1057-0314

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Abstract

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
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Depositing User: Robert Topinka
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2016 14:11
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2017 13:22
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/63460

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