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ERIC Number: EJ832169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1367-6261
Rap, Recidivism and the Creative Self: A Popular Music Programme for Young Offenders in Detention
Baker, Sarah; Homan, Shane
Journal of Youth Studies, v10 n4 p459-476 Sep 2007
Popular music is increasingly being viewed by local, state and national governments as a useful form of creative activity for at-risk youth both within and outside young offender institutions. This paper examines a music programme operating for a group of predominantly black youth within one North American detention centre, and considers the range of benefits observed in fostering individual creativity, self-esteem and social communication. Popular music programmes--in this case, rapping and basic music sequencing and composition--offer a highly practical and direct means of allowing youth offenders to express a particular form of creativity in connection with their existing music and cultural interests. This paper considers the relative success of one programme and the implications for drawing upon hip-hop music, with its themes of deviance and resistance, as a creative vehicle within a broader environment of "offender to citizen" discourses for the youth involved. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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