Performing Masculinity. A linguistic analysis of the performance of Gender ldentities in Kenyan Rap Music - ISBN: 9783668749146 - (ebook) - von Sarah Nakhone, Verlag: Grin Verlag - Details - OvW eBook Shop

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Performing Masculinity. A linguistic analysis of the performance of Gender ldentities in Kenyan Rap Music


Performing Masculinity. A linguistic analysis of the performance of Gender ldentities in Kenyan Rap Music


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von: Sarah Nakhone

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Verlag: Grin Verlag
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 12.07.2018
ISBN/EAN: 9783668749146
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 148

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Thesis (M.A.) from the year 2013 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: B, Moi University (School of Arts and Social Sciences), course: M.A Linguistics, language: English, abstract: An analysis of the language of music provides many insights into the social and ideological underpinnings of a given culture. Generally, music has often been viewed as a vital site for the articulation and construction of different forms of identities including gender. Rap music has been implicated in constructing a hegemonic type of masculinity and portraying women in narrow ways.

This study explored how masculinity is linguistically constructed in Kenyan rap music. The most relevant subjects were the male artists. However, the artists in some cases were shown to construct gendered identities for others (men and women). The aim of the study was to investigate how masculinity is represented, constructed and depicted in the lyrics of Kenyan rap music. The main objectives of the study were as follows: first, to describe how language is used to construct masculinity in Kenyan rap music and second, to find out whether the construction of masculinity in rap music is used to reinforce misogyny.The study was grounded in the theoretical framework of Critical Discourse Analysis, (here after known as CDA) following Fairclough (1989, 1992). This theory combines a method of linguistic textual analysis with a social theory of language in ideological processes.The research approach utilized a social linguistic constructionist perspective, employing a qualitative methodology. The sample size was twenty Kenyan rap songs texts. This sample was selected through purposive sampling. Data collection procedures included two main techniques namely, documentary sources and document analysis. The formal linguistic aspects of rap music texts were analysed using the pragmatic resources of denotation and connotation, presupposition and conversational implicatures.

The analysis unravelled several discourses of masculinity. These were discourses of a covert prestige, heterosexuality, alcohol consumption, violence and aggression and lastly misogyny. The findings of the analysis discussed how rappers glamorise a hegemonic kind of masculinity and how women are portrayed in narrow and demeaning ways.
Thesis (M.A.) from the year 2013 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: B, Moi University (School of Arts and Social Sciences), course: M.A Linguistics, language: English, abstract: An analysis of the language of music provides many insights into the social and ideological underpinnings of a given culture. ...

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