Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



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This dissertation study is an exploration of hip hop and rap artists’ embeddedness in local communities, and their interpretation of the connectedness between their work and their communities. I explore the influence of place and space in the identity development of artists, and how artist use those identities to guide their interactions with their local community. I also investigate the significance of artists’ interactions and relationship in the cultivation of social and cultural capital. In contrast to previous scholarship emphasising the negative influence rap and hip-hop artists have on their communities, I utilize in-depth interviews with artists to examine the ways in which they use hip-hop music in pursuit of social change and community engagement. I intend this project to contribute to knowledges of the multidimensionality of resident’s experiences with community engagement utilizing the context of hip-hop music as articulated through the voice of hip-hop artists.



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Committee Chair

Becker, Sarah

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