SOC 395H: Sociology of Hip Hop
Midterm Study Guide
Here is the midterm study guide. Please remember that this is only a guide and not a
substitute for reading. In order to do well on this midterm, you will need to read and
critically think about the texts that we have covered thus far. Also, please review your
notes from class. These will also help you out.
Similarly, as described in class, the midterm will be a combination of short answer
questions (for which you should write 1 succinct paragraph) and a longer essay response
(for which you should write a response that is organized into an introduction, body, and
concluding paragraph). While the number of paragraphs in this bigger essay may vary, it
is important that you have a central thesis or argument that you introduce, weave
throughout the rest of your paper, and return to in the conclusion.
What is the sociological imagination?
How might the sociological imagination help us examine Hip Hop?
Why is art collective activity?
How is this perspective different from other ways of thinking about art?
What is hiphopography?
How is it different from other methods of studying Hip Hop?