Open Access Senior Honors Thesis
The education of an individual occurs in a multitude of places, including one’s cultural context. The interactions one has with cultural artifacts, such as music, can impact how individuals interact with larger social movements, power structures, and self-identification. As outlined by Giroux (2006) the meaningful integration of agency and critical cultural analysis, are essential to critical engagement in citizens, and is generally lacking within secondary and post-secondary curriculum. The goal of this study is to assess the engagement practices and experiences individuals have with popular culture, specifically music, and the relation these interactions have to individual, social, and political agency. Utilizing an online, anonymous survey, individual within the 18-24 demographic will outline their current buying habits, motivations, preferences, and interactions with music and its surrounding industry. These results will be analyzed by integrating theory and research regarding cultural and critical studies, various pedagogical approaches to literacy, and popular music studies to better understand the interactions the participants have with their cultural reality. The attempt will be to reflect potential current levels of political engagement, public discourse, agency, and listening trends within the larger sample size and by demographic such as race and education level. These results will suggest current critical practices in those who have recently left the K-12 education system and suggest further steps to maintain or increase said practices.
Crenshaw, Mackensi, "Critical literacy, engagement, and agency in popular music consumption by young adults" (2019). Senior Honors Theses & Projects. 661.