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Title: Breaking new ground : B-boys in Singapore
Authors: Lee, Mei Qing
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Sociology::Culture
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: B-boying, or breakdancing, originated in New York as one of the street dance elements of hip-hop. This paper seeks to answer the question, “How is identity constructed amongst Singaporean b-boys?” Through a mixture of participant observation, interviews, and content analysis, it aims to shed some light on how Singapore’s unique sociopolitical landscape has affected a youth subculture so often associated with deviance and non-conformativity. An insider perspective will help with understanding how this seemingly exclusive community negotiates threats from mainstream culture while continuing to thrive in a society characterized by its intolerance of deviance. In this paper, I will argue that b-boys in Singapore face a paradoxical relationship with mainstream society because of the simultaneous dependence on, and threat of, mainstream culture. I will also discuss the implications of authenticity in the construction of a cohesive b-boy identity, as well as contestation of gender in a male-dominated environment.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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