Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Dee-Jay Drop that "Deadbeat:" Hip-hop's Remix of Fatherhood Narratives
by Adolph, Jessie L., Sr., Ph.D., University of Missouri - Columbia, 2018, 250; 13877128
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation examines hip-hop fatherhood narratives from 2010-2015 influenced by drug addiction, mass incarceration, underground economies, trauma, and dysfunctional co-parenting. Explicitly, the paper explores how marginalized, urban African American dads are imagined as protectors, providers, and/or surrogates in hiphop lyricism. Additionally, the research pays attention to hip-hop artists’ depiction of identity orchestration and identity formation of black adolescents and patriarchs by utilizing David Wall’s theories on identity stasis. Moreover, the dissertation critically analyzes hip-hop lyrics that reflect different concepts of maleness such as hypermasculine, the complex cool, biblical, heroic, and hegemonic masculinities. In sum, the paper examines rap lyrics use of mimicry calling into question representative black male engagement with American patriarchy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Prahlad, Anand
Commitee: Harrison, Sheri-Marie, Piper, Karen, Prahlad, Anand, Shonekan, Stephanie
School: University of Missouri - Columbia
Department: English Department
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Black studies, British and Irish literature
Keywords: Black adolescents, Black masculinity, Fatherhood, Hip-hop, Identity formation, Rap music
Publication Number: 13877128
ISBN: 978-1-392-05547-2
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