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.
|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|
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