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BRO-CAPPELLA: AN EXAMINATION OF EVOLVING TRADITIONS, CULTURES AND IDENTITIES IN ALL-MALE A CAPPELLA

Author/​Artist:
Lee, Charmaine [Browse]
Format:
Senior thesis
Language:
English
Advisor(s):
Wuthnow, Robert [Browse]
Department:
Princeton University. Department of Sociology [Browse]
Class year:
2014
Description:
109 pages
Restrictions note:
This content is embargoed until July 1, 2090. For more information contact the Mudd Manuscript Library.
Summary note:
Collegiate a cappella has been the focus of recent media and television attention over the past five years. As popular TV shows have spotlighted contemporary musical and cultural representations of collegiate a cappella, hundreds of groups have formed in colleges and communities alike. Despite this seemingly recent phenomena, a cappella has been an important collegiate tradition since the early 1900s. This thesis explores the traditions, cultures and identities of four all-male a cappella groups at an Ivy League school. By examining how contemporary social forces have influenced the traditional cultures and conceptions of male-identity in the a cappella groups, the current study illuminates the ways in which this identity has been subject to change in recent years. I argue that, despite the presence of a hegemonic masculine culture, groups have adapted to form a more welcoming and accepting environment for gay, transgender and ethnically diverse members.