Subculture of Hip Hop: a Sociological Analysis
The members of this anomic class, having similar reasons for alienation, have been brought together and cohesion has formed which strikingly resembles mechanical solidarity. Mechanical solidarity is a social bond based on resemblance. It is the common oppression that creates the collective consciousness that maintains this bond. “Blackness” is the token that is deified. Characteristics of that “Blackness” are marginalization, poverty, and oppression. These are the most prevailing themes in the “society” that is created. Not surprisingly, these are also the main themes in Hip-Hop music. The collective conscious of this group is translated through symbolic communication such as slang and beat making and translates to the collective behavior which is the Hip-Hop culture. A subculture such as this one is a response to the gap that has been created between the involuntary or mainstream ideology and the group that one has chosen. These subcultures are a necessity to restore control back to the main society. We see evidence of this in the adoption of Hip-Hop into the mainstream culture which has lessened its marginality and brought African Americans into the control of White America once again. This shows very much in the content of the music that is made today versus when Hip-Hop was still underground.