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Content Analysis of Song Lyrics

You will conduct a “mini” analysis of the lyrics of two songs of your choice. These songs should be thematically similar (for example, the lyrics focus on gender, race, crime, or any other sociologically interesting topic that we’ve discussed), but should have been released at least 20 years apart. The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate your ability to uncover sociologically interesting themes that are reflected within cultural media and to apply theoretical concepts from class. It is also to demonstrate your ability to reflect on broader processes of social and change that are reflected through popular culture. You will then briefly discuss (5-6 pages, double-spaced) the relevance of the themes that you uncover to our class discussions on such topics as culture, media, and inequality based on gender, race, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status making sure to compare the lyrics to each other.

Content analysis is a methodological tool used in sociology to study the social meanings embedded in the content of recorded human communication. Songs are an example of such communication. Through the process of content analysis, sociologists are able to uncover the relevance of both manifest content (what the speakers are actually saying) and latent content (what’s implied in those manifest statements).

Components of the Assignment:

You should first identify the two songs that you want to analyze. I want you to print out a copy of the lyrics, which you will “content code” by hand. This process, which should be guided by your sociological imagination, involves identifying patterns, as well as manifest and latent content. You should make a copy of your content coded lyrics and hand them in separately in class on the due date.

Your paper should begin with an introduction, explaining the relevance of your song lyrics to one or more of the topics we have addressed in class so far and summarizing your findings.

Next, you should briefly discuss the content coding process and what you found. 

In the remainder of the paper, I want you to analyze your findings in terms of the topics, theories and concepts that we have discussed in class, drawing explicitly from our readings, films and class lectures. 

End with a conclusion summarizing the broad themes that have been revealed through your analysis.

I already have a song that I have in mind, find one other song that you could compare and contrast. The song is by Lil baby ” The Bigger Picture” for the lyrics fond the clean version to analise. here’s a youtube link to the song 1 attachmentsSlide 1 of 1

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