This thesis examines how young people in America have used particular songs, 'anthems,' to define themselves in the last fifty to sixty years. The researcher examines the context in which several songs that have remained in the public consciousness became popular, and what it was about a particular song that made it stand out at the time and remembered long after its release. Should be used by students who are interested in looking at the relationship between the arts, particularly music, and society.
Sociology and Anthropology
Christiansen, Will, "The Songs We Keep: the Pop Music Anthem and American Youth Identity" (2011). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 1173.
American Popular Culture | Applied Behavior Analysis
anthem, collective memory, group identity, sound, message, grief
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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