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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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dc.contributor.advisor Breen, Andrea V. Myrie, Rachelle C. 2017-05-10T19:10:21Z 2017-05-10T19:10:21Z 2017-05 2017-05-08 2017-05-10
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Music en_US
dc.subject Identity en_US
dc.subject Narrative en_US
dc.subject Migration en_US
dc.subject Young Adult en_US
dc.subject Transition en_US
dc.subject African en_US
dc.subject African-Caribbean en_US
dc.title “I’m Creating My Own Soca Tune… as I Discover Myself”: Intersections of Music and Identity in Immigrant Young Adults en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US
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