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.
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