Capturing UK drill in its complexity: critically assessing the justifications for the criminalisation and censorship of UK drill music and Black cultural expression

Masters Thesis


Isobel Ingram 2021. Capturing UK drill in its complexity: critically assessing the justifications for the criminalisation and censorship of UK drill music and Black cultural expression. Masters Thesis Canterbury Christ Church University School of Law, Policing and Social Sciences
AuthorsIsobel Ingram
TypeMasters Thesis
Qualification nameMA by Research
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This research study produced a critical understanding of the policing of UK drill music by British authorities, by conducting qualitative semi-structured interviews with UK drill artists, producers, and listeners. The thesis gives voice to the UK drill community to generate an alternative insight into the heavily stereotyped Black music genre, and thus, the data was subsequently used in conjunction with interdisciplinary literature to form empirical chapters regarding theories of audience reception, concepts of authenticity and debating UK drill’s value. Findings from this research study highlight the complexity and nuanced nature of UK drill and dilutes the alleged relationship between the genre and unlawful behaviour. It further argues that the latter assumptions transpire due to gross “misinterpretations” of UK drill music consumption, drill conventions, drill’s purpose, and its alleged link to criminality. Due to this, the thesis concludes that criminalisation and censorship of UK drill music is unhelpful from a crime-reduction and prevention perspective.

KeywordsUK drill music; Criminalisation; Censorship; Black cultural expression
Year2021
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Deposited22 Aug 2022
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