From snuggling and snogging to sampling and scratching: Girls' nonparticipation in community-based music activities

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Title From snuggling and snogging to sampling and scratching: Girls' nonparticipation in community-based music activities
Author Baker, Sarah Louise; Cohen, B.M.Z.
Journal Name Youth & Society
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Thousand Oaks
Publisher Sage
Abstract This article focuses on gendered youth music practices in community-based organizations (CBOs) in Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Drawing on interviews and observational fieldwork from the Playing for Life research project, the authors highlight the absence of young women from many activities, especially in the area of hip hop (e.g., MCing, break dancing, DJing, and graffiti workshops). Attempts by CBOs to redress gender imbalances are observed, and evaluations are made of how successful these projects appear to be for female participants. Our subsequent findings question the reasoning and outcomes of projects that promote women-only sessions or specifically employ female facilitators to activate young women's interests in musical activities. The research shows multiple factors affect girls' involvement in such activities and that gender-specific projects can have positive (e.g., improving confidence, skills, and performance ability) and negative (e.g. lack of skill sharing, isolation from other young artists) consequences on music skills development.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0044118X06296696
Volume 39
Issue Number 3
Page from 316
Page to 339
ISSN 0044-118X
Date Accessioned 2008-05-15
Date Available 2011-06-09T22:40:18Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject PRE2009-Sociology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/24121
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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