Grime: Criminal subculture or public counterculture? A critical investigation into the criminalization of Black musical subcultures in the UK

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Abstract

This article sets out to (re-)introduce Black urban musical subcultures as valuable forms of creativity and public expression in an attempt to resist, criticize and expose their criminalization by the London Metropolitan Police. Focusing primarily on grime, a host of unfair and illegitimate practices adopted by the London Metropolitan Police will be discussed. This will demonstrate how the routine monitoring, surveillance and curtailment of Black people’s public identity (re)produces stereotypical associations of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups with violent, criminal and problematic behaviour. In order to challenge openly discriminatory attitudes towards Black urban cultural forms by the police, a counterargument which calls for their understanding as viable sources of positive and constructive public engagement will be offered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-461
JournalCrime, Media, Culture
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2018

Keywords

  • Cultural criminology
  • grime
  • policing
  • race and crime
  • youth subcultures

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