Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Hip Hop family in the underground: The words and actions of the True School community in Atlanta, Georgia
by Kumar, Andrew Anil, M.A., Colorado State University, 2010, 151; 1483933
Abstract (Summary)

Hip Hop Culture is the fastest growing culture on earth. Around the world, people of multiple ethnicities, religions, economic backgrounds, and political affiliations consume and produce Hip Hop music and culture for a range of reasons. The music and art surrounding the culture has been intimately tied to the entertainment industry, and Hip Hop’s national and international dissemination speaks volumes about the processes and outcomes of globalization. It is for this reason that the vehicle of Hip Hop is a useful tool to analyze a wide range of topics like gender, class, ethnicity, business, and performance to name a few. In my thesis I explore underground Hip Hop culture in Atlanta Georgia. My analysis draws on fieldwork I conducted from 2008 to 2009 and includes data from participant observation, semi-structured interviews, and a survey. In Atlanta Georgia, a group of underground Hip Hop practitioners and consumers who are affiliated with a socially conscious movement within the culture known as “True School,” form a tight network. This network is rooted in deep local connections to one another reinforced by multiple exchanges of resources and information as well as commitment to a community ethos that is tied to the True School Movement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Browne, Katherine E.
Commitee: Breaux, Richard M., Snodgrass, Jeffrey G.
School: Colorado State University
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: MAI 49/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Cultural anthropology
Keywords: Activism, Atlanta, Community, Hip hop, True school, Underground
Publication Number: 1483933
ISBN: 978-1-124-39692-7
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