Department of Politics
David Stevens’ research examines the extent to which hip-hop
organizations in South Africa have been successful in incorporating
young people into democratic political life. Questions to be addressed
include: How do organizations politicize their members? How do
organizations publicly express their political views, if at all?
Do young people, through their association with hip-hop organizations,
develop a set of tools that will enhance their ability to succeed
in the democratic political arena or are members pushed towards
utilizing extra-democratic means for making their voices heard?
Are members encouraged to express a diversity of opinions, or
are they simply pushed along a single ideological line? Particular
attention will be paid to the role that legitimacy plays in hip-hop
organizations and their ability to recruit and politicize disadvantaged