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Pen-Full Resistance: Poetry, Power, and Persona

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dc.contributor.advisor Scimecca, Joseph A. Kaya, Naliyah
dc.creator Kaya, Naliyah 2015-05 2015-09-01T14:01:30Z 2020-05-15T06:45:15Z 2015-09-01
dc.description This work was embargoed by the author and will not be publicly available until May 2020. en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation explores the concepts of agency and structure in relation to the phenomenon of spoken word performance culture. Many have argued that the art form serves as a site of resistance for the disadvantaged self--those selves/identities that have traditionally been underrepresented, marginalized and/or oppressed; however, some would question if this cultural medium--largely dismissed and denigrated by the gatekeepers of society--can effectively address the causes of inequality so frequently referenced by poets. Guided by the overarching question of how and why disadvantaged selves use the arts to define and address inequality and social problems, this dissertation seeks to answer the following questions: What themes emerge overall in spoken word performance poetry? What types of public selves are exhibited or described by performers, and which social problems/topics are these selves connected to?
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2015 Naliyah Kaya en_US
dc.subject culture en_US
dc.subject performance art en_US
dc.subject Poetry en_US
dc.subject slam en_US
dc.subject sociology en_US
dc.subject spoken word en_US
dc.title Pen-Full Resistance: Poetry, Power, and Persona en_US
dc.type Dissertation en PhD in Sociology en_US Doctoral en Sociology en George Mason University en

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