Representations of Ethnic Minority Groups and Migrants in UK Rap Videos 1993 – 2013 – 4 December

Representations of Ethnic Minority Groups

and Migrants in UK Rap Videos 1993 – 2013

Thursday 4 December 

Time: 4:30 to 6:00 pm (refreshments at 4:15)

Venue: Top Floor, Education Building


This presentation reports on a recent qualitative research project carried out for the European Union on the role of racial, cultural and ethnic stereotyping in UK popular culture.  The project took a sample of mostly self-made UK rap videos from 1993 to 2013 featuring an ethnically diverse range of artists and analysed the work for its visual, verbal and sonic construction of minority ethnic and migrant identity.  The research calls for a shift away from simplistic and moralising identifications of the imagery in such rap videos as either ‘positive’ or ‘negative’, and greater attention to be given instead to how a range of subjects, often ambivalent, are produced and made plausible in such popular cultural representations.

Dr Patrick Turner is a Lecturer at Goldsmiths University where he teaches on BA Education, Culture and Society and convenes the Core Qualitative Research Methods course for the ESRC Doctoral Programme.  He is also a Senior Lecturer in The School of Social Sciences at London Metropolitan University.  Dr Turner’s substantive field of interest lies in urban expressive multicultures, their cultural politics and globality.  He is currently working on turning his research on UK hip hop into a book and is also writing with a colleague from Central St Martin’s School of Art on street art and the politics of negotiated and non-negotiated engagement in public space.

Open to the Public


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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