His research interests focus on the performances of the figures of postmodernity and their availability as signifying codes in literature, music, advertising, politics, journalism, and other forms of cultural manifestation. These analyses attempt to tackle the politico-cultural and semiotic dimension of the text, the aim being to understand how the fictions behind common places are inscribed within contemporary cultural production and communication systems. Raphaël has spoken and published widely on contemporary British poetry, manifestations of cultural communication, the performance of contemporary identities in contemporary British cultural production, the representation and construction of the fictions of consensus and subversion, and the place of operational fictions in contemporary British cultural production.
The Last Poets are recognised today as one of the earliest precursors of hip hop – their use of the spoken word combined with a didactic message and Marxist sensibility would go on to influence such artists as Grand Master Flash and Public Enemy.
Collaboration, in this sense, is never having to decide who we really are, allowing us to escape all responsibilities; it means we never have to take a decision for ourselves whilst condemning those that make the decisions for us.