Jockin' Jay-Z: A Praxis-Oriented Autoethnography towards Possiblizing Change in Black Male Performativity
Master of Arts
Department or Program
Pelias, Ronald J.
This paper strives to understand how my own conceptions (reflexivity) and embodiment (engagement) of a particular rapper, Jay-Z, contributes towards my subjectivity and art. My research answers, “What does my own experience and embodiment of Jay-Z tell me about my own black masculinity and art in the hip-hop generation?” To answer this question, I use what Toyosaki calls “praxis-oriented autoethnography.” I show what my relationship with Jay-Z tells me about my black masculinity, culture, and becoming within the hip-hop generation.