The role of African American spoken word in establishing a collective community among college students

Joshua R Choma, University of Rhode Island

Abstract

This analysis investigates the influence of contemporary African-American spoken word in developing a sense of community building among college students, particularly concerning those at the University of Rhode Island. This research supports the conception that African-American spoken word, with regards to its rhetorical structure, does emphasize the necessity for belonging which may be applied to this particular demographic. ^ This rhetorical analysis focuses on individual productions from 2 African-American hip-hop artists and 2 African-American poets from 2005 to the present. Each selected artist is nationally recognized and has performed previously at the University of Rhode Island allowing for an indirect correlation between the artist and the local college population. Pieces were analyzed individually to examine particular components that encourage a sense of togetherness within their rhetorical construction. Incorporation of Narrative Theory as well as Kenneth Burke's concept of identification will be used to establish a sufficient theoretical background. ^ After examining all of the selected works, conclusions would indicate that each example of contemporary African-American spoken word includes an element(s) conducive for community building among local college students. ^

Subject Area

African American Studies|Black Studies|Education, Sociology of|Speech Communication

Recommended Citation

Joshua R Choma, "The role of African American spoken word in establishing a collective community among college students" (2012). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI1508317.
http://digitalcommons.uri.edu/dissertations/AAI1508317

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