Global Linguistic Flows: Hip Hop Cultures, Youth Identities, and the Politics of Language / Edition 1

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Located at the intersection of sociolinguistics and Hip Hop Studies, this cutting-edge book moves around the world – spanning Africa, Asia, Australia, the Americas and the European Union – to explore Hip Hop cultures, youth identities, the politics of language, and the simultaneous processes of globalization and localization. Focusing closely on language, these scholars of sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, cultural studies, and critical pedagogies offer linguistic insights to the growing scholarship on Hip Hop Culture, while reorienting their respective fields by paying closer attention to processes of globalization and localization.

The book engages complex processes such as transnationalism, (im)migration, cultural flow, and diaspora in an effort to expand current theoretical approaches to language choice and agency, speech style and stylization, codeswitching and language mixing, crossing and sociolinguistic variation, and language use and globalization. Moving throughout the Global Hip Hop Nation, through scenes as diverse as Hong Kong’s urban center, Germany’s Mannheim inner-city district of Weststadt, the Brazilian favelas, the streets of Lagos and Dar es Salaam, and the hoods of the San Francisco Bay Area, this global intellectual cipha breaks new ground in the ethnographic study of language and popular culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805862836
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/4/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

H. Samy Alim is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, USA.

Awad Ibrahim is Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa, Canada.

Alastair Pennycook is Professor of Language Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technololgy, Sydney, Australia.

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Table of Contents

@contents: Selected Contents


"Straight Outta Compton, Straight aus München: Global Linguistic Flows, Identities, and the Politics of Language in a Global Hip Hop Nation" — H. Samy Alim


Styling locally, styling globally:

The Globalization of Language and Culture in a Global Hip Hop Nation


"Hip-Hop as Dusty Foot Philosophy: Engaging Locality" — Alastair Pennycook and Tony Mitchell


"Language and the Three Spheres of Hip-Hop" — Jannis Androutsopoulos


"Conversational Sampling, Race Trafficking, and the Invocation of the "gueto" in Brazilian Hip-Hop" — Jennifer Roth-Gordon


" ‘You shouldn't be rappin, you should be skateboardin the X-games’:

The Co-construction of Whiteness in an MC Battle" — Cecelia Cutler


"From Da Bomb to Bomba: Global Hip Hop Nation Language in Tanzania" — Christina Higgins


"‘So I choose to do am Naija style’: Hip-Hop, Language and Postcolonial Identities" — T. Omoniyi


The Power of the Word:

Hip Hop Poetics, Pedagogies, and the Politics of Language in Global Contexts


"‘Still reppin por mi gente’: The Transformative Power of Language Mixing in Quebec Hip-Hop" — Mela Sarkar


"‘Respect for da chopstick Hip Hop’: The politics, Poetics, and Pedagogy of Cantonese Verbal Art in Hong Kong" — Angel Lin


"Rhyme and the Reinterpretation of Hip Hop in Japan" — Natsuko Tsujimura and Stuart Davis


"‘That's all concept; it’s nothing real’: Reality and Lyrical Meaning in Rap" — Michael Newman


"Creating ‘an empire within an empire’: Critical Hip Hop Language Pedagogies and the Role of Sociolinguistics" — H. Samy Alim


"Takin Hip-Hop to a Whole Nother Level: Métissage, Affect and Pedagogy in a Global Hip-Hop Nation" — Awad Ibrahim


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