Wish to Live: The Hip-hop Feminism Pedagogy Reader

Wish to Live: The Hip-hop Feminism Pedagogy Reader

by Ruth Nicole Brown
     
 

Wish To Live: The Hip-hop Feminism Pedagogy Reader moves beyond the traditional understanding of the four elements of hip-hop culture - rapping, breakdancing, graffiti art, and deejaying - to articulate how hip-hop feminist scholarship can inform educational practices and spark, transform, encourage, and sustain local and global youth community activism

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Wish To Live: The Hip-hop Feminism Pedagogy Reader moves beyond the traditional understanding of the four elements of hip-hop culture - rapping, breakdancing, graffiti art, and deejaying - to articulate how hip-hop feminist scholarship can inform educational practices and spark, transform, encourage, and sustain local and global youth community activism efforts. This multi-genre and interdisciplinary reader engages performance, poetry, document analysis, playwriting, polemics, cultural critique, and autobiography to radically reimagine the political utility of hip-hop-informed social justice efforts that insist on an accountable analysis of identity and culture. Featuring scholarship from professors and graduate and undergraduate students actively involved in the work they profess, this book’s commitment to making the practice of hip-hop feminist activism practical in our everyday lives is both compelling and unapologetic.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
«Wish to Live is an insightful, intergenerational account capturing the contemporary politics and poetics of hip-hop feminism. The diversity of voices featured is matched by the multiple writing forms that take the reader from ‘extralocal’ autoethnographies to exacting popular cultural criticism. Each contributor grapples with the complexities of social identity in a ‘post’ world and takes up hip-hop as part art, activism, pedagogy, and lived reality. Editors Ruth Nicole Brown and Chamara Jewel Kwakye recommend the chapters be performed or read aloud. Its intent is to inform, incite, and transform. The stories will move you. Wish to Live breathes life into hip-hop feminism. It is because of their flesh-filled and affirming approach to describing the hip-hop genderation that this Reader will be an invaluable resource for the burgeoning field.» (Aisha Durham, Co-editor and Author of Home Girls Make Some Noise!: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology)
«If I had only one wish to give, it would be that anyone who has any kind of interactions in the lives of young women of color be required to read Wish to Live: The Hip-Hop Feminism Pedagogy Reader. This creative and innovative exploration into hip-hop, feminism, and education is poised to take hip-hop feminist thought and activism - indeed the field of hip-hop studies - to the next level. The contributors in this volume prove that when and where young women of color enter the hip-hop cipher the entire game gets real and lives change! This book is a must-read - not just for hip-hop heads and educators - for anyone who claims to care about the lives of young women and girls.» (Gwendolyn D. Pough, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Syracuse University)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433106460
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/03/2012
Series:
Educational Psychology Series: Critical Pedagogical Perspectives
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Nicole Brown (PhD in political science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) is an artist-scholar and an assistant professor in the Departments of Gender and Women's Studies and Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward a Hip-Hop Feminist Pedagogy (Peter Lang, 2009).
Chamara Jewel Kwakye (PhD in educational policy studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is a scholar, storyteller, and performer. She is currently a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Kwakye is currently writing a book that documents the life histories of Black women in the Academy.

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