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Keepin’ it Weal in “The 514”: Hip-Hop as a Tool to Promote Well-Being in Montreal’s Marginalized Communities


Keepin’ it Weal in “The 514”: Hip-Hop as a Tool to Promote Well-Being in Montreal’s Marginalized Communities

Tyree, John Aaron Tyree (2023) Keepin’ it Weal in “The 514”: Hip-Hop as a Tool to Promote Well-Being in Montreal’s Marginalized Communities. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Many people today associate hip-hop with only rap music and the other commercialized aspects of the culture. However, hip-hop is, and always has been, more than simply a way to turn a profit or pass the time. Since its inception, hip-hop has aided the survival and flourishing of its progenitors and pioneers, primarily Black and Latino youth occupying the margins of society. To date, numerous scholars have examined how marginalized and oppressed people have used hip-hop to promote various aspects of well-being. While there are several ways in which well-being is perceived and defined, an important approach examines existential well-being, a philosophical approach that considers how people function along the full spectrum of human existence—physical, social, personal/psychological, and spiritual. This thesis uses existential well-being as a framework to explore how practitioners in Montreal use hip-hop to promote well-being in marginalized communities. As a form of research-creation, the core of the thesis is a series of three podcast episodes, where I explore the use of hip-hop with specific Montreal practitioners. Overall, the thesis illuminates various ways hip-hop has been used to promote well-being in Montreal and beyond. A key contribution of the thesis is to show that, while it may be useful to conceive of well-being in terms of four distinct domains, practitioners in Montreal tend to promote well-being as an integrated existential whole.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Geography, Planning and Environment
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Tyree, John Aaron Tyree
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M. Sc.
Program:Geography, Urban & Environmental Studies
Date:1 March 2023
Thesis Supervisor(s):Rutland, Ted
ID Code:991833
Deposited By: JOHN TYREE
Deposited On:21 Jun 2023 14:54
Last Modified:21 Jun 2023 14:54


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