Post by Erik J. Helgesen Post by Sigvald
Rapperne i Gatas Parlament oppfordrer til drap på president
George W. Bush, og vil gjennom nettstedet «killhim» prøve å
samle inn penger til en skuddpremie.
Dette bare beviser det jeg alltid har sagt - rap fremmer vold og kriminalitet.
Er det noe grunn til å tro at rap-musikk fremmer mer vold og
kriminalitet enn f.eks. Country & Western-musikk? Husk at rappere som
Eminem støttet Kerry, mens mange sidrumpa countryartister støttet
Bush. Og hvem var det som gikk til krig?
Konklusjon: Country & Western-musikk fremmer krig.
Ikke krig, men selvmord - visstnok:
The Effect of Country Music on Suicide
STEVEN STACK, Wayne State University JIM GUNDLACH, Auburn University
This article assesses the link between country music and metropolitan
suicide rates. Country music is hypothesized to nurture a suicidal mood
through its concerns with problems common in the suicidal population, such
as marital discord, alcohol abuse, and alienation from work. The results of
a multiple regression analysis of 49 metropolitan areas show that the
greater the airtime devoted to country music, the greater the white suicide
rate. The effect is independent of divorce, southernness, poverty, and gun
availability. The existence of a country music subculture is thought to
reinforce the link between country music and suicide. Our model explains 51%
of the variance in urban white suicide rates.
Sociological work on the relationship between art and society has been
largely restricted to speculative, sociohistorical theories that are often
mutually opposed. Some theorists see art as creating social structure (
Adorno 1973), while Sorokin ( 1937 ) suggests that society and art are
manifested in cyclical autonomous spheres; and still others contend that art
is a reflection of social structure ( Albrecht 1954). Little empirical work
has been done on the impact of music on social problems. While some research
has linked music to criminal behavior ( Singer, Levine & Jou 1990), the
relationship between music and suicide remains largely unexplored. Music is
not mentioned in reviews of the literature on suicide ( Lester 1983; Stack
1982, 1990b); instead, the impact of art on suicide has been largely
restricted to analyses of television movies and soap operas (for a review,
see Stack 1990b).
In this article, we explore the link between a particular form of popular
music (country music) and metropolitan suicide rates. We contend that the
themes found in country music foster a suicidal mood among people already at
risk of suicide and that it is thereby associated with a high suicide rate.
The effect is buttressed by the country subculture and a link between this
subculture and a racial status related to an increased suicide risk.
____________________ © The University of North Carolina Press Social Forces,
September 1992 71(1):211-218
* Data on suicide mortality and most other variables were provided by the
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor. We are grateful to Richard Peterson for his
inspirations and helpful discussions, to the anonymous reviewers for their
probing reviews, and to Mitch Henry for his help in gathering the data on
country music. Direct correspondence to Steven Stack, Department of
Sociology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202.
"Facts Are Stupid Things"
Ronald Reagan (from his address to the National Republican Convention,