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Title: Freedom within bars: maximum security prisoners' negotiations of identity through rap
Authors: Bramwell, Richard
Keywords: Culture
England
Hip hop
Prison
Racism
Rap
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Routledge (© Taylor & Francis Group)
Citation: BRAMWELL, R., 2017. Freedom within bars: maximum security prisoners' negotiations of identity through rap. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, doi:10.1080/1070289X.2017.1287487.
Abstract: This paper examines the construction of prisoners’ identity through rap in England’s high security prisons. While hip hop studies has often addressed rap’s connection to the social practices of criminalised youths, prison rap cultures have received scant attention. This paper draws on a series of rap workshops and interviews with prisoners to investigate the experiences of black prisoners in high security prisons and how identities are produced and negotiated through rap. Rap is associated with the production of a range of identities and identifications, enabling prisoners to accommodate themselves to the conditions of their incarceration and to challenge aspects of the criminal justice system that they experience as unfair or illegitimate.
Description: This paper is closed access until 15th August 2018.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/1070289X.2017.1287487
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23917
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1070289X.2017.1287487
ISSN: 1070-289X
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Social Sciences)

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