Culture & Crime

As a thoroughly original, modern and radical city Manchester has given birth to innumerable subcultures over several centuries. Today Greater Manchester Police (GMP) recognised this and has begun to record hate crimes committed against subculture members. This innovative move is in response to work conducted with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation (SLF). The SLF was set up in memory of Sophie Lancaster who was murdered simply for being a goth in 2007.

Process: An Exhibition feature Manchester goths. The exhibition was part of Manchester International Festival 2009. It feature various groups pcitured in front of the banner. Image: © BBC

Process: An Exhibition featuring Manchester goths. The exhibition was part of Manchester International Festival 2009. It featured various groups posing in front of the banner. Image: BBC

Hate crimes are usually recorded for offences committed against race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity. Now that GMP have included subcultures, individuals or groups expressing themselves in a less traditional way, based perhaps on a shared interest or passion,  can when needed expect the support of the police.

It’s quite exciting to witness the emergence of new subcultures, and how they challenge our preconceived notions of what it means to belong to a cultural group and what culture itself is.

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