More than noise: What urban planners can learn from hip-hop music.
Abstract: Urban planners and policy makers have numerous established research
methods to understand problems facing communities. However, the arts have traditionally
been overlooked in favor of these traditional methods. This thesis attempts to compel urban
planners to re-examine the role of the arts in research, particularly the role of Hip-Hop
music. Through a narrative analysis of 96 Hip-Ho... read morep songs ranging from 1986-2008, I devised a
method by which urban planners can successfully access and utilize the information
contained in Hip-Hop music. The results demonstrate that Hip-Hop music contains a wealth of
local knowledge about their communities, relationships, priorities and world-views that can
be of significant interest to urban planners, policy makers and other urban public service
professionals. The implications of this research can range from new policy initiatives,
re-allocation of resources to support urban art, youth empowerment and increased awareness
of the role Hip-Hop plays in the political conversation.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2011.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Justin Hollander.
Committee: Jon Witten.
Keywords: Urban Planning, Public Policy and Social Welfare, and Social Research.read less