Rap, Religion and Social Exclusion

An area that Chris Shannahan explores in his research at CTPSR is the ways in which rap music provides socially excluded urban youth to explore questions of identity and meaning and to articulate their experience of deep seated social exclusion. Since it’s emergence in the New York Bronx in 1973 rap has evolved into a global language, drawn upon in Cape Town as well as Compton and Brixton as well as the Bronx. In June 2017 Chris was a guest panelist on BBS Radio 4’s flagship religious affairs programme ‘Beyond Belief’ discussing ‘Rap, Religion and Social Exclusion’. You can listen to the programme by clicking on the link…

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Desmond Tutu Was Right

In this short article just published in Open Democracy Chris Shannahan writes about the role that faith has played in the 2017 UK General Election campaign. He suggests that it is inevitable that politics and religion will continue to mix and argues that the important question to ask is ‘What kind of religion and what kind of politics?’ 

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