Breakdance in Uganda: Moving to the Beat of Social Change

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Breakdance in Uganda: Moving to the Beat of Social Change

Type: Master thesis
Title: Breakdance in Uganda: Moving to the Beat of Social Change
Author: Otte, Mpangi
Issue Date: 2016
Keywords: Uganda, Breakdance, Hip Hop, Social Change, Popular Culture
Abstract: The thesis examines the relationship between cultural performance and society in the context of breakdance in Uganda. It reflects on the particular appeal of breakdance as a tool for social change and analyses the challenging agendas that shape and influence the country’s breakdance communities. The central research question is: does breakdance succeed to facilitate individual and social transformation? And if yes, how is this change experienced by the youth in Uganda, and which consequences do these actions have for the social fabric of the country? This actor-centred approach, on the one hand, requires a comprehension of the meaning and nature of social change as understood and experienced by various performers; and on the other hand calls for a contextualisation of its socio-cultural environment and interacting agendas. It thereby offers a detailed description of the self-organising practises and social experiences of youth in Uganda – as well as the structures they are set in.
Supervisor: Mous, Maarten Dr. Prof.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: African Studies (Master)
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/42305
 

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