Date

5-1-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Adviser

Jenna Lay

Abstract

The purpose of this project is to advance the discussion on the ancient Greek term “kairos” by uncovering and analyzing the ways in which it can be used as a tool for social justice and liberation. As a scholar of Hip-Hop culture, I initially found the ancient rhetorical device becomes useful in the study of DJing, especially with respects to Composition. As the foundational element of Hip-Hop culture, I understand that the art of DJing is vastly understudied. It has come to my attention that DJing can be studied not only for its compositional implications or its technological invention but also for the art form’s capacity to strategically promote unity for underrepresented or marginalized groups and foster community through its use of rhetoric. In this essay, I will attempt to locate the social justice implications of hip-hop culture, while examining the importance of kairos to the rhetorical and compositional strategy of the Hip-Hop disc jockey.

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