To what extent can black urban music be blamed for violence in the UK since 2000?

Bradbury, Milton (2010) To what extent can black urban music be blamed for violence in the UK since 2000? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation explores the way black urban music has been reported and attacked in the media since the year 2000. Black urban music has been blamed for glorifying and encouraging violence. The intention of this study is to shed some light on two controversial British genres of music which may have been misunderstood. This is done by analysing existing psychological studies of how music can influence behaviour. There is also an evaluation of how the musicians have explained their music and their actions.

    It is difficult to form a clear conclusion about the extent to which black urban music in the UK can be blamed for violent behaviour. Academic research into lyrics and music videos suggest that black urban music may carry some blame, and some artists themselves acknowledge that this is possible. However, much of the criticism black urban music has faced is without a strong foundation and by labelling the genre as violent there is a danger that people start to perceive it as more violent than it is.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 03 May 2011 09:41
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:28

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