Local Embeddedness Matters: A Study of Hip-Hop Artists' Interaction With Their Local Community
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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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Sweet, Castel Vette, "Local Embeddedness Matters: A Study of Hip-Hop Artists' Interaction With Their Local Community" (2017). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 4406.