CurrentDePauw University Faculty
DepartmentSociology And Anthropology
Expertise & Interests
- Masculinities, Race and Ethnic Relations, Research Methods,
- sociology of hip hop, popular culture, gender, sexuality
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Matthew Oware was recognized for earning a spot on the Dean's ListDean's List Fall 1994Added by Matthew
Awards & Recognition
Matthew Oware was recognized for earning an academic awardEdwin L. Minar Jr. Award Scholarship Award, 2016.
Established in 1981, the Minar Award is presented in recognition of exceptional scholarly achievement and is named in honor of its first recipient, a former professor in the department of classical studies.Added by Matthew
Matthew Oware was recognized for earning an academic awardUnited Methodist Church General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award, 2008.Added by Matthew
Matthew Oware was recognized for earning an academic awardLester Martin Jones Endowed Professor in Sociology, 2017-2022Added by Matthew
Matthew Oware was recognized for earning an academic awardDean's List, Fall 1994Added by Matthew
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Professor of Sociology and Director of Africana StudiesAugust 2001 - Present
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Projects, Publications & Classwork
What do millennial rappers in the United States say in their music? This timely and compelling book answers this question by decoding the lyrics of over 700 songs from contemporary rap artists. Using innovative research techniques, Matthew Oware reveals how emcees perpetuate and challenge gendered and racialized constructions of masculinity, femininity, and sexuality. Male and female artists litter their rhymes with misogynistic and violent imagery. However, men also express a full range of emotions, from arrogance to vulnerability, conveying a more complex manhood than previously acknowledged. Women emphatically state their desires while embracing a more feminist approach. Even LGBTQ artists stake their claim and express their sexuality without fear. Finally, in the age of Black Lives Matter and the presidency of Donald J. Trump, emcees forcefully politicize their music. Although complicated and contradictory in many ways, rap remains a powerful medium for social commentary.
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In the News
"I Got Something to Say: Gender, Race, and Social Consciousness in Rap Music" has just been published."I Got Something to Say: Gender Race, and Social Consciousness in Rap Music," a book by Matthew Oware, Lester Martin Jones professor of sociology and director of Africana studies, sociology and anthropology, was published recently. It is available as a...Summer 2018Verified by DePauw University Faculty