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Werkin' girls: a critical viewing of femininity constructions in contemporary rap
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis sets out to examine the making of femininity in hip-hop, with a special focus on the performances of three artists - Mykki Blanco, Angel Haze, and Brooke Candy - and their representations made through music videos and lyrics. The thesis is structured around critical femininity studies, and created through a somatechnics perspective. I am investigating how femininity and the feminine body is made through and in relation to technology and different expressions of race, class, and sexuality. By questioning how structures of femininity is made and re-made through a somatechnical perspective, this thesis offers alternatives to interpret feminine representations in hip-hop, and bases its conversation in both culture studies and critical femininity studies. In the paper‘s conclusion, questions regarding active feminist resistance in hip-hop are raised, with hope to widen the discussions about female identified artists and their performances in this specific discourse.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 63 p.
Keyword [en]
hip-hop, critical femininity studies, somatechnics, feminist knowledge production, hip-hop studies, Mykki Blanco, Angel Haze, Brooke Candy, standpoint theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-19121OAI: diva2:627832
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Gender Studies
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-06-13 Created: 2013-06-12 Last updated: 2013-06-13Bibliographically approved

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