Rap, recidivism and the creative self: A popular music programme for young offenders in detention

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Title Rap, recidivism and the creative self: A popular music programme for young offenders in detention
Author Baker, Sarah Louise; Homan, Shane
Journal Name Journal of Youth Studies
Editor Andy Furlong (Editor-in-Chief)
Year Published 2007
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Popular music is increasingly being viewed by local, state and national governments as a useful form of creative activity for at-risk youth both within and outside young offender institutions. This paper examines a music programme operating for a group of predominantly black youth within one North American detention centre, and considers the range of benefits observed in fostering individual creativity, self-esteem and social communication. Popular music programmes—in this case, rapping and basic music sequencing and composition—offer a highly practical and direct means of allowing youth offenders to express a particular form of creativity in connection with their existing music and cultural interests. This paper considers the relative success of one programme and the implications for drawing upon hip-hop music, with its themes of deviance and resistance, as a creative vehicle within a broader environment of 'offender to citizen' discourses for the youth involved.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~db=all~content=t713393791
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676260701262566
Volume 10
Issue Number 4
Page from 459
Page to 476
ISSN 1367-6261
Date Accessioned 2008-05-15
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Sociology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/24824
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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