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Greencastle, IN, 46135-0037
Matthew K. Oware
Sociology and Anthropology
Associate professor of sociology
Sociology, Race, Gender, Racial identity, Race and ethnicity, Popular culture, Masculinity, Hip-hop music, Rap music
Matthew Oware focuses his work on the constructions of race and gender in popular culture. In a recent paper, he examined how underground white rappers talk about their gender and avoid discussion of race or racial issues in their music. His doctoral dissertation looked at factors that influence a multi-racial vs. mono-racial identity that develop in children with parents of different ancestries.
Oware teaches course on: Research Methods, Senior Seminar, Race and Ethnicity, Sociology of Hip-hop, Sociology of Popular Culture (particularly representations of race, gender and class in movies, TV shows and music).