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Fleeting graffiti: Backjumps, mobilities and metro semiotics
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Centre for Research on Bilingualism.
2016 (English)In: Tilburg Papers in Culture Studies, no 161, 1-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses mobility as a semiotic device. Drawing mainly on examples from Stockholm, it analysesbackjumps, a genre of train graffiti that inventively makes use of various forms of movement. The social, spatial existence of backjumps is underlined by mobility, from the moment they are created on temporary stationary trains until the point they are removed as part of regimented semiotic ordering of public space. As backjumps move through the metro system, their appearances and disappearances rework the visual composition of a number of interlinked spaces, briefly succeeding in transgressing the semiotic regimentation of public space. For properly grasping these semiotic transformations, mobility needs to be placed at the forefront of inquiry. Building on lines of thought from human geography and spatially interested sociolinguistics, the analysis demonstrates that a sensitization to the workings of mobility is apt for creating a more fine-grained understanding of the interplay between space and semiotic practice. In this vein, it seeks to introduce further nuance toa sociolinguistics that has focused extensively on the notion of landscape.

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2016. no 161, 1-18 p.
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-138682OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-138682DiVA: diva2:1068045
Available from: 2017-01-24 Created: 2017-01-24 Last updated: 2017-03-16Bibliographically approved

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