Sociological Imagination: Western’s Undergraduate Sociology Student Journal

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How Fear Makes the Wolf Look Bigger: Analysis of Foucault, Sandoval, & Fanon in the contemporary process of Graffiti Art


Fear is a tool of power that can be a power over us – preventing us from asking questions, from talking to each other, making it easy to look for a higher power to protect us. Artists are able to utilize knowledge learnt in their subjective realities and present that visually in order to affect social perceptions of problems they see as relevant. This essay is questioning where the line is drawn between the freedom to express and security of property; and whether artists should be allowed a voice in public spaces, and whether this voice is critical of social injustices.

Understanding how our preconceived notions affect us is integral to understanding how our role perpetuates, allows, or even encourages particular types of perceptions to impact social discourse. So often, we influence/are influenced by our perception of an image, that we do not call into question whether that image means multiple things and it can easily hold power over us. This essay uncovers how art can be transferred from a point of material imagery to one of an individualized symbolic perspective and how that individualized perception has the ability to have power over us

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