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On the Beat: Understanding Portrayals of Law Enforcement Officers in Hip-hop Lyrics Since 2009

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dc.contributor.advisor Shedd, Juliette
dc.contributor.author Keesee, Francesca A
dc.creator Keesee, Francesca A
dc.date 2017-11-29
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-17T17:09:28Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-17T17:09:28Z
dc.identifier doi:10.13021/G8M98B
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/10936
dc.description.abstract This thesis is concerned with the ongoing violent conflict between law enforcement officers and Black citizens in the United States. The research explores lyrical messages about law enforcement officers found in mainstream hip-hop music from the years 2009-2016 in order to understand how the conflict is discussed in the contemporary Black American community. The author consulted Billboard music charts to select five songs from each year (forty songs total), and she analyzed each song to assess how the artists position police officers and themselves in the narratives of the songs. The songs were subsequently grouped in various ways to interpret trends in the lyrical messages. This thesis uses hip-hop music as a tool to understand one perspective of the conflict between police and Black Americans, and it has produced many viable options for future research on the topic. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject police en_US
dc.subject African Americans en_US
dc.subject Hip-hop en_US
dc.subject law enforcement en_US
dc.subject Oscar Grant en_US
dc.subject music en_US
dc.title On the Beat: Understanding Portrayals of Law Enforcement Officers in Hip-hop Lyrics Since 2009 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Conflict Analysis and Resolution en_US
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Malta en_US


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