Assessing the emergence of hip hop in the U.K. as a diaspora and exploring its links with deprivation

Navas, Anthony (2007) Assessing the emergence of hip hop in the U.K. as a diaspora and exploring its links with deprivation. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study aims to map the emergence and spread of hip hop culture over time. It identifies not only the type of diffusion in the U.K. but also the extent to which its diffusion is diasporic. The study maps hip hop activity using a GIS and techniques common to epidemiological studies. It is open to how it interprets diffusion; identifying patterns that are more associated with diffusion of innovation as well as culture. Current hip hop studies are centred on social aspects of culture and identity. While this study acknowledges the importance of these themes and incorporates them it aims to distinguish itself by not adding to the wealth of the material already in existence, but to use this material to explain the spatial arrangement in the U.K. and how this arrangement has changed with time. By doing so it will add greater emphasis on the spatial element enabling links to made on a macro scale and elements of 'glocialisation' to be explored. The current sources that use U.K. hip hop as a focus for their study, even on a cultural level, are non existent, in this sense it is unique. The intent of this research then, is to encourage the production of more material and this study aims to illustrate the avenues that can be explored through future research, the potential of which I believe is great.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/351

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