The Use and Abuse of Music: Criminal Records

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Music may not be an obvious area for a criminologist's attention, but there are many areas appropriate for analysis in the relationship between sound, music, rights and harm. The Use and Abuse of Music: Criminal Records explores how music is utilised to include, exclude, dominate and silence.
Analysing the connection between music and crime from an expressly critical criminological perspective, the book is divided into three main parts. Firstly, focusing on the concept of 'harmful' or deviant music, genres such as UK drill music and heavy metal are examined to highlight the connections between certain genres and criminalisation. Moving away from specifics of genre, the second section considers the use of music in war and conflict. Finally, the book reflects on the censorship and silencing of subcultures and individuals through music, highlighting the inequalities surrounding who is permitted to make noise which is often exemplified by racist, sexist and prejudicial actions.
This illuminating exploration of the deviant and transgressive nature of music is ideal for researchers, scholars and students working within the fields of criminology, sociology and musicology.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78756-999-7, 978-1-78769-001-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-78769-002-8
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2019

Publication series

NameEmerald Studies in Alternativity and Marginalization


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