For Wednesday, 11/24


No new reading for Wednesday (unfortunately). Instead, we’ll continue talking about how to refine and more narrowly focus our research questions (with reference to Davis 1971 and Irvin 2010). 

Zoom Session 

  1. Attendance
  2. Major Topics Going Forward
    1. Spaces & Places
    2. Hip-Hop’s Urban Geography: Atlanta
    3. Hip-Hop’s Urban Geography: Houston
    4. Hip-Hop’s Urban Geography: Chicago
    5. A Female Rap Renaissance?
    6. Technology, Technique, and Technē (τέχνη)
  3. Review: Research Questions and Theses
    1. Discussion: What is an answerable research question?
    2. Discussion: What is an interesting thesis?
      1. Example: The Compton Group’s Thesis
  4. Story Maps Group Sessions
  5. Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

  • Review Murray Forman, ‘Represent: `Race, Space, and Place in Rap Music’, in Forman and Neal (2012). keywords: Black Atlantic, the (2012:257); commodification; conspicuous consumption; cult of authenticity; dialectic (between production styles and local listening practices, pp. 255-57); Gangsta Rap; Message Rap (pp. 257-58); organic intellectual.