Fight the power: how hip-hop challenges Adorno's critique of popular music

Etherton, Caroline (2008) Fight the power: how hip-hop challenges Adorno's critique of popular music. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This study is concerned with analysing the key features of Theodore Adorno's criticism on popular music in relation to the genre of hip-hop. This study is also concerned with looking at the history of hip-hop in order to gain a historical context. It will look at each element of hip-hop individually and analyse whether or not hip-hop as a sub culture can challenge Adorno's theories on the 'popular' and the 'serious'. It will conclude that hip-hop is one example of a sub culture that bridges the gap between the 'popular' and the 'serious' and proves Adorno's theories on popular music to be outdated. In looking at each of the elements of hip-hop individually this study will also gain a greater understanding of the genre of hip-hop as a whole and will comment on how each part of the culture encourages critical and creative awareness in its participants. This study also concludes that the global spread of hip-hop is positive, as many people in different global locations have used it as a tool for social and political expression adjusting it to fit their situation. This study uses a wide variety of resources to inform its argument including some primary research.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14

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