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Past and Present Research
This list will grow as presented and published research grows.
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Gibson, M. (2013). “That’s Hip-Hop to Me!”: The Temporality of Authenticity in Independent Rap Music.
Presented at the 2013 Chicago Ethnography Conference.
Ethnographic fieldwork (and semi-structured interviews) of the production of culture by independent hip-hop artists in a Midwestern city reveals the formation and mobilization of competing temporal logics of authenticity as producers in a saturated market compete for limited resources. Followup work will include further analysis of these and related trends, as well as cultural network analysis of producer ties.
Gibson, M. (2008). Working for CHAMP After Hours: The Role of Volunteers in the CHAMP Program
at the Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Correctional Center in Vandalia, Missouri.
Presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology.
In depth interviews with inmates, institutional staff, and non-institutionally employed work program staff reveal a distinct hierarchy of prisoners, in which volunteers in this particular occupational program are found at the very bottom. They are held as inferior to inmates in other work programs as well as to non-volunteer participants and staff in the same work program.
Gibson, M. (2009). Willingness to Protest in the United States: Who Protests and Why.
Presented at the 2009 University of Missouri – St. Louis Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Analysis of current literature on political and social protest, specifically regarding demographic factors as they influence willingness to participate in protest and attitudes towards protest in general.