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Alex Edelstein

Alex Edelstein

BA '12 - Hip Hop Culture and Individual Identity Formation

Detroit native Alex transferred to Gallatin after taking a semester off to do ethnographic research on Hyphy, a subculture of Bay Area hip hop, for a book he has been working on. “After trying to triple major,” he said, “I realized a more flexible academic structure would suit my unique interests more completely.” Alex is interested in how individuals formulate their own identities within a hip hop context; his concentration was Hip Hop Culture and Individual Identity Formation. He points to his membership in the Gallatin Americas Scholars and the influence of that group’s academic advisors--including Professors Kim DaCosta, Millery Polyné, and Rahul Hamid--as especially important, and he calls the Americas Scholars’ trip to Brazil the most exciting experience he had at Gallatin. Alex was preparing to study linguistic anthropology or ethnomusicology after graduation. “I love that I can not only take classes related to my area of study,” he said, “but I am encouraged to find a common thread in those other classes.”

 

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Alex Edelstein

BA '12 - Hip Hop Culture and Individual Identity Formation

 
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