Rap and political participation: using rap as a creative method in research with children and young people

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Byrne, Lorcan
O'Connell, Cathal
O'Sullivan, Siobhán
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This article explores how rap music workshops can be an effective method when researching neighbourhood regeneration and refurbishment with children and young people, especially in disadvantaged communities. The article draws a research with 78 children and young people in a large social housing estate which is undergoing regeneration and refurbishment in Cork City in the South of Ireland. The focus of this article is on a sub-group of six teenagers who participated in a rap workshop. The research demonstrates that rap music workshops are an insightful data collection method, particularly in contexts where rap music is already an embedded part of the local youth culture. This research also reveals how children and young people have the imaginative capacity to make an informed analysis of their communities and that they hold a strong desire to influence the decision-making process. This article will be of interest to researchers concerned with creative methodologies designed to elicit and understand children’s and young people’s experiences and perspectives.
Rap , Participation , Research , Regeneration , Children , Young people , Creative methods
Byrne, L., O'Connell, C. and O'Sullivan, S. (2019) 'Rap and political participation: using rap as a creative method in research with children and young people', Young, pp. 1-19. doi: 10.1177/1103308819856755
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