Criminal Justice-COAS | Crime Resistance and Song
P300 | 23910 | Saleh-Hanna
The fall of Apartheid in South Africa, the Abolition of slavery in
America, the fight against colonialism in West Africa, and uprisings
in the Caribbean for emancipation: all these human rights movements
incorporated many strategies of resistance to immense oppressions.
This course will explore how political musicians engage in
resistance through song: how people were/are mobilized through music
and educated through lyrics of resistance. Music as a tool of
resistance will be looked at in different contexts – as a form of
communication between people who were/are being silenced by the
State, as a tool for education in times when people do not have
access to information, and as an opportunity for political dialogue
about crime, punishment, equality and freedom.
This course will include a comparative analysis between traditional
criminological crime and punishment literature and political music:
Afro-beat, reggae and hip hop musicians who address crime will be
presented in comparison to traditional classical, positivist and
critical criminological theories. Learning will incorporate reading
chapters and listening to music in class – lyrics will be assessed
alongside academic literature on crime. Most musicians presented
will be people who have at one time or another been political
prisoners or victims of police brutality. Their perspectives on
crime, as presented in their songs will be studied and compared to
how professionals and experts on crime address the same topic.
Work by Fela Kuti, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Dead Prez, Tupac Shakur
and Quintos Sol will feature.
Class meeting: 1:00 - 3:30, Monday and Wednesday
****THIS CLASS MEETS 2ND EIGHT WEEKS ONLY****
Instructor: Viviane Saleh-Hanna, Criminal Justice department