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Hip-hop and Construction of Group Identity in a Stigmatized Area.: A Field Study regarding Cultural Capital among Roma Youths in Konik, Montenegro.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 poäng / 15 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This research aimed for an extended knowledge and understanding of young people in stigmatized areas and their construction of group identity. With a focus on Roma youths in Konik, Montenegro, and their involvement in hip-hop we wanted to explore what this culture meant to them in relation to their context. An ethnographic approach was used in collecting the empirical data through observations, interpreting music lyrics and conducting qualitative semi-structured interviews. Five young Roma boys from Konik, all involved in hip-hop, were interviewed. Theoretical perspectives on identity, youth culture and stigmatization were central. In addition, Bourdieu’s theory regarding cultural capital was emphasized and connected to youths and hip-hop. The empirical material showed that involvement in hip-hop provided the Roma youths with a group identity that they referred to in positive terms. Contextual factors of stigmatization excluded the Roma group from the majority population and the engagement in hip-hop created a possibility for the youths to be someone. The cultural capital gained through hip-hop was not used to verify and legitimate an authentic Roma identity. It was rather a way for them to create boundaries towards the negative elements in their community.

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Institutionen för socialt arbete , 2008. , p. 46
Keywords [en]
Hip-hop, Roma, identity, stigmatization, youth culture, sub culture, cultural capital.
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-81OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-81DiVA, id: diva2:1641
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2008-01-17, 1353, G, Mittuniversitetet, Östersund, 10:15
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Available from: 2008-01-31 Created: 2008-01-31Bibliographically approved

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