Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"I let my music speak for me.: The role of rap music in identity formation among Black adolescents: A retrospective study
by Vaughn, Wyann, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 101; 1517555
Abstract (Summary)

This study analyzed the role rap music played in Black adolescent identity formation. Research had a tendency to paint rap music and its relationship with its listeners negatively. The goal of this study was to delve deeper into the relationship rap music held with its Black adolescent listeners to explore how rap ecologically fostered identity development.

This study qualitatively and retrospectively interviewed 16 subjects that met the researcher's criteria for participation. Findings suggested that Black rap listeners relate to rap music and feel capable of expressing themselves via rap lyrics. Results also found that Black adolescent rap listeners commonly experience racial discrimination while forming their identities and foster a sense of xenophobia as a result. Social work implications and directions for future research are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lam, Brian
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Black studies, Social work
Publication Number: 1517555
ISBN: 978-1-267-45585-7
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