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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Emergence of Hip Hop in West Virginia: One Man's Reflection on Personal Music Taste vs. Regional Identity
by Feather, Andrew, M.A.L.S., Dartmouth College, 2016, 98; 10145502
Abstract (Summary)

In my thesis I set out to investigate and understand my personal relationship with hip-hop music and the part it played in my development. In addition to my personal story, I sought to understand the status of hip-hop in a rural state like West Virginia. I utilized a memoir style of writing that relied heavily on self- reflection. I then fact checked my memories by incorporating hard data which allowed me to gain a greater understanding of how media spreads, and is consumed in West Virginia. I could then compare this data to the media consumption of the United States. These statistics showed that West Virginia is cut off from much of the media that is enjoyed by the majority of the country. The reasons were more varied and complex that I imagined, and ultimately my thesis changed course as I learned about my home state. In conclusion, my personal experience with hip hop was not typical of most adolescents in West Virginia. The trend in West Virginia is to maintain the status quo and reject new ideas. Most likely this will continue to be the trend as college educated youth continue to leave for more forward thinking surroundings. Media is simply a microcosm of the greater lack of any change in the social or political climate of the state.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chaney, Michael
Commitee: Chaney, Michael, Pease, Donald, Rabig, Julia
School: Dartmouth College
Department: Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
School Location: United States -- New Hampshire
Source: MAI 55/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American studies, Cultural anthropology, Music
Keywords: Hip hop, Rap, West Virginia
Publication Number: 10145502
ISBN: 978-1-369-01011-4
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