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"I think of crime when I´m in a N.Y state of mind": Hur hiphopmusik utrycker det amerikanska samhället.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This bachelor thesis examine how the early hip-hop music mirrors the society in the US ghettos in the 80s and 90s in order to explore how the artists' individual experiences take the expression in artistic form of coherent discourse on public issues. It uses structural textual analysis thatencode and analyze lyrics from ten hip-hop songs. The material was studied with the help of Elias and Scotsons theories established and outsiders, Bourdieu's capital types, field and habitus, and postcolonial theory that Eriksson, Eriksson Baaz and Thorn highlights in there book GlobaliseringensKulturer. The survey shows that the songs we analyzed tells of similar problems, which we divided into five themes: crime, poverty, ideals, discrimination and depression. In this way, we concluded that there are common patterns in the songs we chose. In conclusion, the study shows that the analyzed songs express the artists’, both individual problems such as depression, poverty, criminality in an artistic form. But also other issues such as discrimination and racism in a larger level.

Abstract [sv]

Den här studien undersöker hur tidig hiphop speglar samhället i USAs förorter på 80- och 90 talet i syfte att utforska hur artisternas individuella upplevelser tar sig utryck i konstnärlig form i sammanhängande diskurser om allmänna samhällsproblem.   

Metoden består utav strukturalistisk textanalys, där texter från hiphopmusik kodas och analyseras. Teorier som använts består utav Elias och Scotsons teorier kring etablerade och outsiders, Bourdieus kapital typer, fält och habitus samt postkolonial teori som Eriksson, Eriksson Baaz och Thörn behandlar i Globaliseringens Kulturer. Undersökningen visar att artisterna berättar om liknade problem och teman i sina låtar som beskrivs efter: kriminalitet, fattigdom, ideal, diskriminering och depression.

Slutsatserna som studien drar består av hur låttexterna blir utryck i konstnärlig from sådant som artisternas individuella problem som depression, fattigdom, kriminalitet samt tar upp saker som diskriminering och rasism på ett större makro nivå.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
hip hop, society, sociology, text analysis, poverty and discrimination
Keyword [sv]
hiphop, samhälle, sociologi, textanalys, fattigdom och diskriminering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29235OAI: diva2:895901
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2016-01-20 Created: 2016-01-19 Last updated: 2016-09-23Bibliographically approved

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