From ‘hip-hop’ to ‘hip-pop’: the consequences of capitalism on hip-hop music

Lowe, Charlotte (2011) From ‘hip-hop’ to ‘hip-pop’: the consequences of capitalism on hip-hop music. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This thesis explores the effects of capitalism on the genre of hip-hop music by studying the social conditions in which this cultural form originated, and examining it in terms of its changing representation in contemporary society. Using a Marxist theoretical framework, this thesis aims to highlight the impact of capitalist processes of commodification and commercialisation on hip-hop music and culture. In order to achieve this, the genre will be closely analysed in terms of its changing nature throughout its existence. A major emphasis is placed upon its transition from a cultural form founded on social and political resistance, to a cultural commodity that is a fundamental component of popular culture, which reinforces the ideals of capitalist inequality. Specific examples of hip-hop music are utilised to illustrate this idea.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2012 16:06
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:58

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