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The Power of Your Voice Could Redirect Every Truth'

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Title: The Power of Your Voice Could Redirect Every Truth' Rap as Resistant Discursive Practice
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Rogers, Alexandra
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2009
Publication Date: 2009

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Rap
Foucault
Cultural Studies
Discursive Practice
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

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Abstract: The content of this project is guided by this consideration: what tools can we use to understand the strategies of conscious rappers who discuss political issues in their lyrics? Accordingly, in this thesis we aim to investigate the extent to which conscious rap is engaging in a strategy of creating new discourses in order to resist dominant ideas about power in the United States, specifically examining parallels between the rhetorical tactics of rap artists and the idea of resistance proposed by Michel Foucault. Thus, I have chosen to analyze three rap songs that express ideas about power and resistance in order to examine possible affinities with Foucault's proposals. To this end, we will examine Foucault's and Marx's concepts of power and discursive resistance. Additionally, we will examine some of the historical connections between Marxist theory and Black Liberation movements, and then outline a brief history of rap, and describe the method of analysis. Finally, we will take up the analysis of the songs by dead prez, Saul Williams, and Immortal Technique. We will show that these songs take the form of resistant discourses in the spirit of Foucault. Ultimately, the fact that these tactics of resistance are expressed in rap songs represents an important part of the strategy; these songs have the potential to be extremely influential and to spread throughout the culture, communicating ideas about power and resistance to individuals at all levels of society.
Statement of Responsibility: by Alexandra Rogers
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2009
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Flakne, April

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Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2009 R7
System ID: NCFE004161:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE004161/00001

Material Information

Title: The Power of Your Voice Could Redirect Every Truth' Rap as Resistant Discursive Practice
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Rogers, Alexandra
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2009
Publication Date: 2009

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Rap
Foucault
Cultural Studies
Discursive Practice
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: The content of this project is guided by this consideration: what tools can we use to understand the strategies of conscious rappers who discuss political issues in their lyrics? Accordingly, in this thesis we aim to investigate the extent to which conscious rap is engaging in a strategy of creating new discourses in order to resist dominant ideas about power in the United States, specifically examining parallels between the rhetorical tactics of rap artists and the idea of resistance proposed by Michel Foucault. Thus, I have chosen to analyze three rap songs that express ideas about power and resistance in order to examine possible affinities with Foucault's proposals. To this end, we will examine Foucault's and Marx's concepts of power and discursive resistance. Additionally, we will examine some of the historical connections between Marxist theory and Black Liberation movements, and then outline a brief history of rap, and describe the method of analysis. Finally, we will take up the analysis of the songs by dead prez, Saul Williams, and Immortal Technique. We will show that these songs take the form of resistant discourses in the spirit of Foucault. Ultimately, the fact that these tactics of resistance are expressed in rap songs represents an important part of the strategy; these songs have the potential to be extremely influential and to spread throughout the culture, communicating ideas about power and resistance to individuals at all levels of society.
Statement of Responsibility: by Alexandra Rogers
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2009
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Flakne, April

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2009 R7
System ID: NCFE004161:00001


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