Dr Patrick Turner

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department Educational Studies
Email p.turner (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 919 7324

Patrick is a lecturer on the Education, Culture and Society programme. Before becoming an academic he worked for a decade in youth and drugs work as a practitioner and in policy and practitioner education.  His teaching and research spans the sociology of youth and education, globality, urban spaces, racial identities, cultural studies, critical pedagogy and social theory. He has taught qualitative research methods including participant observation, narrative interviewing, textual, visual, and discourse analysis.   

Academic qualifications

  • BA, MA, MA Soc Res, PhD


Patrick convenes the modules ‘Culture and Identity’ and ‘Reimagining Social Class’. He has worked at Goldsmiths, Kingston, London Metropolitan, and Canterbury Christ Church University.  

Research Interests

Patrick’s substantive field of interest lies in urban youth multicultures, their cultural politics and globality. At once rooted and ‘mundanely’ cosmopolitan, how do they traverse, mediate, reproduce and subvert contexts, variously, of social turbulence, privilege, stasis, regulation and transgression? He completed his doctoral research in the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths; an ethnographic study of ‘post-hip hop culture' supervised by Les back and Michael Keith. It explored Afrocentric community organising, white identity in hip hop theatre, hip hop education as a convergent point of counter hegemonic and neoliberal discourses, and uses of graffiti in advertising and crime prevention. He is currently turning this research into a series of publications.  An article, ‘White Rappers Dilemma: Hip Hop Theatre and the Colouring of Culture’, is currently under review.


Book Section

Turner, Patrick. 2007. ‘The Transition to Work and Adulthood’. In: D Hayes; T Marshall and A Turner, eds. A Guide to Further Education. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Turner, Patrick. 2006. ‘Not Enough Respect: a Response to the Government Respect Agenda’. In: , ed. Battle in Print: Battle of Ideas. UNSPECIFIED.


Turner, Patrick. 2008. Talk to Frank: Youth Lifestyles, Branding and Government Rationality. Youth and Policy, 100, ISSN 0262-9798

Turner, Patrick. 2006. What has G.K. Chesterton got to say about Youth. Youth and Policy, 89, ISSN 0262-9798

Turner, Patrick. 2006. Why Does Youth Matter. Youth and Policy, 89, ISSN 0262-9798

Conference or Workshop Item

Turner, Patrick and Willcocks, M. 2012. '‘The Street Painted in Red Herrings’ (street art and agonistic social space)'. In: Return to the Street conference. Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University, London, United Kingdom.

Turner, Patrick. 2011. '‘Battling the Battle: Civilizing Hip Hop Subculture’'. In: Popular Music, Youth and Social Change conference. London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom.

Turner, Patrick. 2009. '‘A Defence of Illegal Graffiti’'. In: Seminar Series for The Centre for Design Against Crime. Central St-Martins School of Art, United Kingdom.

Turner, Patrick. 2009. '‘Informal Education, Youth and the ‘Commons’’'. In: Youth and Policy, History of Youth Work conference. Durham University, United Kingdom.

Turner, Patrick. 2005. '‘Drugs and Prohibition’'. In: Battle of Ideas. Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom.

Turner, Patrick. 2005. '‘Youth policy and Health Promotion’'. In: Youth and Policy, History of Youth Work conference. Durham University, United Kingdom.

Turner, Patrick. 2004. '‘Young People’s Virtual Drug Teams’'. In: Government Office of London Drug Team conference. London, United Kingdom.


Turner, Patrick. 2010. Hip Hop Versus Rap: An Ethnography of the Cultural Politics of New Hip Hop Practices. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London