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ERIC Number: EJ872450
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 97
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
Listening to Rap: Cultures of Crime, Cultures of Resistance
Tanner, Julian; Asbridge, Mark; Wortley, Scot
Social Forces, v88 n2 p693-722 Dec 2009
This research compares representations of rap music with the self-reported criminal behavior and resistant attitudes of the music's core audience. Our database is a large sample of Toronto high school students (n = 3,393) from which we identify a group of listeners, whose combination of musical likes and dislikes distinguish them as rap univores. We then examine the relationship between their cultural preference for rap music and involvement in a culture of crime and their perceptions of social injustice and inequity. We find that the rap univores, also known as "urban music enthusiasts", report significantly more delinquent behavior and stronger feelings of inequity and injustice than listeners with other musical tastes. However, we also find that the nature and strengths of those relationships vary according to the racial identity of different groups within urban music enthusiasts. Black and white subgroups align themselves with resistance representations while Asians do not; whites and Asians report significant involvement in crime and delinquency, while blacks do not. Finally, we discuss our findings in light of research on media effects and audience reception, youth subcultures and post-subcultural analysis, and the sociology of cultural consumption. (Contains 5 notes and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)