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Oware, Matthew K., Ph.D.




Sociology and Anthropology, Asbury Hall, Room 306
Greencastle, IN

Sociology and Anthropology

Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department

Matthew Oware received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology department. Dr. Oware teaches a variety of courses including Race and Ethnic Relations, Contemporary Society (Introductory Sociology), Social Psychology, Sociology of Popular Culture, Sociology of Hip Hop and Research Methods. He received the Exemplary Teaching Award in 2008-09. His research includes analyses of the construction of multiracial identity, Black masculinity in African-American expressive culture, and the Black family in American society. He has publications in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Journal of Black Studies, Poetics, and the Journal of African American Studies, among others. His current project investigates authenticity claims in Black popular cultural forms.

To keep himself mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy Matthew jogs and weight lifts. He absolutely loves playing with his two sons Elijah and Langston. 

Selected Publications (Peer Reviewed):

Oware, Matthew. "We Stick Out Like a Sore Thumb...: Underground White Rappers' Hegemonic Masculinity and Racial Evasion" (forthcoming) Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.

 Oware, Matthew. 2014. "(Un) Conscious (Popular) Underground: Restricted Cultural Production and Underground Rap Music." Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts. 42: 60-81.

Oware, Matthew. 2011. "Decent Daddy, Imperfect Daddy: Black Male Rap Artists' Views of Fatherhood and the Family."Journal of African American Studies 15(3):327-351.

Oware, Matthew. 2011. "Brotherly Love: Homosociality and Black Masculinity in Gangsta Rap Music." Journal of African American Studies 15(1):22-39.

Oware, Matthew. 2009. "A Man's Woman?: Contradictory Messages in the Songs of Female Rappers, 1992-2000." Journal of Black Studies 39: 786-802.

Jason Jimerson and Matthew Oware. 2006. "Telling the Code of the Street: An Ethnomethodological Ethnography." Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 35: 24-50.


Book Chapters

Oware, Matthew. 2013. "(Re)Presentin' the Mixed Man: An Exploration of Multiracial Identity in Rap Music"  Music Sociology:  An Introduction to the Role of Music on Social Life edited by Sara Horsfall, Meghan Probstfield, and Jan-Martin Meij.

Oware, Matthew. 2008. "Status Maximization, Hypodescent Theory, or Social Identity Theory? A Theoretical Approach to Understanding the Racial Identification of Multiracial Adolescents." in Biculturalism, Self Identity, and Societal Development (Research in Race and Ethnic Relations vol. 15) edited by Rutledge Dennis. Emerald Publishing.


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