Wanda Canton
20172020

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My PhD explores the contributions rap music and in particular, UK Drill, can provide to understand and respond to social policy in the context of knife violence. 

Rap has a history of being criminalised as a form of Afro-diasporic music, repeatedly disregarded as violent noise. The criminalisation and phobia of rap music has therefore ostracised it from political and philosophical debate. I champion rap as a decolonising epistemology and method.

As an interdisciplinary project, I draw upon psychoanalysis, radical political theory and criminology to examine subjectivity. Rather than seeking a politics of recognition, I am interested in whether tolerating non-recognition can create spaces of uncertainty and collaboration, which I propose rap music is uniquely equipped to facilitate. 

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Birkbeck University of London

20162018

Award Date: 1 Nov 2018

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