David Drissel is a professor of social sciences at Iowa Central Community College. He is a two-time Fulbright Scholar (China, Czech-Slovak Republics), Oxford Roundtable alumnus, and Cambridge University published author.

(See my biography page for more information).


Publications:
Urban Schism, Social Strains: Exploring the Collective Identities of Youth in Contemporary Belfast

This article investigates how urban spatial changes have influenced the transformation of collective identities in contemporary Belfast, Northern Ireland, and features an ethnographic study of local teenagers and young adults.

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Online Jihadism for the Hip-Hop Generation: Mobilizing Diasporic Muslim Youth in Cyberspace

This paper investigates the online adoption and diffusion of pan-Islamic/Jihadist social networks and collective identities among diasporic Muslim youth, with an emphasis on the role of MySpace and hip-hop music.

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Digitizing Dharma: Computer-Mediated Mobilizations of Tibetan Buddhist Youth

The role of computer-mediated communication in stimulating and facilitating Tibetan Buddhist youth participation in the Tibetan freedom movement is explored in depth by this paper.

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Reinventing Rebellion: Alternative Youth Subcultures in Post-Tiananmen China

This paper is an ethnographic study of Western-influenced Chinese youth subcultures, including hybridized identities such as linglei (alternative), xin xinrenlei (new new human beings), pangke (“punk”), and panni (“rebel").

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Hip-Hop Hybridity for a Glocalized World: African and Muslim Diasporic Discourses in French Rap Music

This paper examines selected discourses of "immigrant" rap music in France and the related construction of hybridized black-inflected identities, particularly among North African/Muslim rappers and their fans, living in diaspora.

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Anarchist Punks Resisting Gentrification: Countercultural Contestations of Space in the New Berlin

Gentrification and other recent socio-spatial changes in Berlin's neighborhoods are examined, primarily from the vantage point of anarchist-punks. The influence of the "wall in the head" among youth is emphasized.

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Hybridizing Hip-hop in Diaspora: Young British South Asian Men Negotiating Black-inflected Identities

This paper theorizes that hip-hop has become a key factor in the subcultural negotiation of black-inflected identities among British South Asian young men in diaspora (including Indians, Bangladeshis, and Pakistanis).

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Skateboarding Spaces of Youth in Belfast: Negotiating Boundaries, Transforming Identities

The influence of skateboarding on the collective identities and ethno-religious perceptions of Belfast youth are investigated, with an emphasis on the role of subcultural spaces in bridging the sectarian divide.

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Cyberspatial Transformations of Society: Applying Durkheimian and Weberian Perspectives to the Internet

This paper examines the major sociological theories of Emile Durkheim and Max Weber, assessing their relevancy and applicability to social structures that have been dramatically transformed by the Information Revolution.

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