A Phenomenological Study on the Experience of Composing Rap Lyrics among ‘at-risk’ Youth

dc.contributor.advisorNicholas, David
dc.contributor.authorYoung, Amber
dc.contributor.committeememberBenzies, Karen
dc.contributor.committeememberDimitropoulos, Gina
dc.description.abstractExisting literature exploring the integration of Hip Hop in therapeutic contexts predominately focuses on utilizing the music in a receptive fashion, while a limited amount of literature has explored active techniques (i.e., lyric composition). Utilizing a qualitative phenomenological method, this study explored the experience of composing Hip Hop lyrics of young people who have been labelled ‘at risk’ (N=5). From the participant interviews emerged seven categories related to the experience of composing Hip Hop: (a) Hip Hop as a constant in one’s life, (b) Descriptions of the composing process, (c) Hip Hop song composition is therapeutic, (d) Hip Hop supports expression, (e) Remixing the story: Constructing and living the story we tell of ourselves, (f) Acts of resistance: ‘Each one, teach one’, and (g) Delivery of content: Messages within messages. The findings are discussed in relation to existing literature and implications are offered for the clinical social work context.en_US
dc.identifier.citationYoung, A. (2017). A Phenomenological Study on the Experience of Composing Rap Lyrics among ‘at-risk’ Youth (Master's thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada). Retrieved from https://prism.ucalgary.ca. doi:10.11575/PRISM/24949en_US
dc.publisher.facultyGraduate Studies
dc.publisher.facultySocial Work
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
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dc.subjectSocial Work
dc.subject.otherHip Hop
dc.subject.othernarrative therapy
dc.subject.otherlyric composition
dc.subject.otherclinical social work
dc.titleA Phenomenological Study on the Experience of Composing Rap Lyrics among ‘at-risk’ Youth
dc.typemaster thesis
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Calgary
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Social Work (MSW)