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Hiphop is a contemporary religion for youths

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Rationale Hiphop is a contemporary religion for youths Hypothesis: "Hiphop is a contemporary religion for youths" I intend to carry out this research based on my hypothesis that "Hiphop is a contemporary religion for youths". The reason for this research is due to my interest in music and how music influences the behaviour and attitudes of an individual. My friends and family members have characterized me to be under the influence of hiphop music because of the way I dress, my hairstyle (plaited) and the piercing of my ear, all of these are seen as features of hiphop culture. I believe that young people who listen to hiphop music are influenced in various ways mainly the dress code and language. Patricia McBroom (American Public Affairs) stated " many middle class parents thought it was just a fad when their teenagers started wearing jeans that sagged below their hips in imitation of hiphop culture." Hiphop culture has been seen as a culture that has been adopted by many youths who listen to hiphop music around the globe. According to Michael Eric Dyson a professor of religious studies and an expert in youth culture at the DePaul University in Chicago claims " hiphop is an extraordinary cultural development. It is unquestionably the most important popular cultural phenomenon to hit in quite some time, and its reach is now global. The Japanese wear dreads and rap about Compton, while the polish play the 'F**k tha Police' while celebrating their liberation from tyranny." Objectives: In order to test my hypothesis that "Hiphop is a contemporary religion for youths", my aims are: 1. To define Hiphop. 2. To give a brief history of the evolution of hiphop 3. To give a sociological definition of religion 4. To investigate if hiphop can be related to as a religion. 5. To investigate why youth turn into hiphop for identity. I am of the belief that hiphop culture can be seen as a form of resistance from the wider society which belief and values are generally accepted in the society. ...read more.

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Positivists believed it is possible to classify the social world in an objective way. Using these classifications it was possible to count sets of observable social facts and so produce statistics. For example, Durkhiem collected data on social facts such as the suicide rate and the membership of different religions. I choose to use a quantitative approach because I am more likely to get reliable information from my respondents that will support my hypothesis that "Hiphop is a contemporary religion for youths". Using quantitative approach, data's are seen to be reliable because if other researchers use the same method of investigation on similar material, the same result will be produced and the research can be repeated and the result checked. Quantitative approach will enable me to carry out a statistical measure and the result can be expressed in numerical form, this can later be used as a form of statistics to compare or make a general statement that can be tested. Giving out questionnaires will enable be achieve quantitative data which can be expressed in statistics. Positivist like Durkhiem believed it was possible to classify the social world in an objective way by using this classification, it was then possible to count sets of observable social facts and statistics will be produced. I will be giving out close-ended and open-ended questions in the view to obtain statistical data. Questionnaires may be administered in a number of ways but I will be giving out my questionnaires to a certain group of people that fits into a certain age group. I will select my sample using quota sampling; this will allow me to control variables without having a sampling frame. I have decided to use quota sampling because I will know how many respondents with particular characteristics to question so that the overall sample reflects the characteristics of the population as a whole. My sample will include male and female within the age group of 14 to 25, not minding their class, race or educational background. ...read more.

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Carrying out observation and interviews could provide me with well-detailed result that will support the positivist view. My adopted methodological approach might be disadvantaged because questionnaires according to interpretive sociologist see statistical data as inadequate for producing sociological explanations of human behaviour. Critics argue that despite the reliability of questionnaire data it lacks validity because it doesn't provide a true picture of what is being studied. For my hypothesis to be valid, it must give a true measurement or description of what it claims to measure or describe. Designing my questionnaire was the hardest task faced because I found it difficult to design questions that could be linked to my hypothesis. I did design some questions but I had to carry out a pilot study to get the view of a few samples about the questions I asked. The result from the pilot study enabled me to redesign my questionnaire so it will be more suitable to my hypothesis. The questionnaire however did not really have a direct link to my hypothesis but I was able to link it up myself. To summarize my research and the results I gathered, I decided to test my hypothesis that "Hiphop is a contemporary religion for youths", which I came up with five objectives that will guide me through my research and enable me achieve a good result. My objectives can be seen in the rationale chapter. At the end of my research, my findings reveals that youths don't share the ideology that hiphop is a religion, but they can see hiphop as a form of entertainment and a way of protesting. If I am to carry out this research again, I aim to change my hypothesis to "The negative effect oh hiphop music on youths". I will carry out my research by adopting an interactionist approach; I will make use of interviews because I will obtain first hand information from individual who will be telling me their own personal experience. ...read more.

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