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“I’m Creating My Own Soca Tune… as I Discover Myself”: Intersections of Music and Identity in Immigrant Young Adults

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Title: “I’m Creating My Own Soca Tune… as I Discover Myself”: Intersections of Music and Identity in Immigrant Young Adults
Author: Myrie, Rachelle C.
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Program: Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Advisor: Breen, Andrea V.
Abstract: This study is a qualitative exploration of music as a narrative form and the role it plays in the identity development of African and African-Caribbean immigrant young adults residing in Ontario, Canada. Eleven African and African-Caribbean permanent and temporary immigrants, between the ages of 19 and 29, participated in semi-structured interviews. Interviews centered on immigration experience and music use. The interviews elicited rich accounts of experiences pertaining to personal, racial and ethnic components of identity. Thematic analysis indicated that music is instrumental in identity development as it can provide coherence across time and context in the framework of relationships, including relationships with place, people and various selves. Furthermore, findings highlight that music can contribute to identity development by facilitating resistance to master narratives. This study expands on current narrative research and pushes scholars to consider narrative forms that veer from traditional oral storytelling; it calls for exploration of stories that are not only experienced in the mind but are embodied.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/10461
Date: 2017-05


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