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Prisons Research Centre



Dr Richard Bramwell joined the Institute in 2013. He is currently a Senior Research Associate and the principal investigator on the AHRC funded project Performing hip-hop Englishness: The performance of alternative British identities through rap. This research project focuses on the circulation of rap culture within and beyond social and penal institutions and the impact of rap performances on British identities. Richard is a specialist in the sociology of culture, with a research focus on black British literary and vernacular cultures. Richard's book, UK Hip-Hop, Grime and the City, examines the aesthetic, cultural and commercial practices of working-class youths in London’s rap music scenes.


Key publications: 

UK Hip-Hop, Grime and the City: The Aesthetics and Ethics of London's Rap Scenes (New York and London: Routledge, 2015)

‘Freedom within bars: Maximum security prisoners’ negotiations of identity through rap’ Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power (under review)

‘Council Estate of Mind: The British Rap Tradition and London’s UK Hip-Hop Scene’ in The Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop (Cambridge University Press, 2015) ed. Williams, J. A.

‘Behind the Brixton riots’ Guardian|Society (6th September 2011)

Senior Research Associate
Dr Richard  Bramwell
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