Hip-Hop en Francais: An Exploration of Hip-Hop Culture in the Francophone World

Hip-Hop en Francais: An Exploration of Hip-Hop Culture in the Francophone World


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Hip-Hop en Français charts the emergence and development of hip-hop culture in France, French Caribbean, Québec, and Senegal from its origins until today. With essays by renowned hip-hop scholars and a foreword by Marcyliena Morgan, executive director of the Harvard University Hiphop Archive and Research Institute, this edited volume addresses topics such as the history of rap music; hip-hop dance; the art of graffiti; hip-hop artists and their interactions with media arts, social media, literature, race, political and ideological landscapes; and hip-hop based education (HHBE).

The contributors approach topics from a variety of different disciplines including African and African-American studies, anthropology, Caribbean studies, cultural studies, dance studies, education, ethnology, French and Francophone studies, history, linguistics, media studies, music and ethnomusicology, and sociology.

As one of the most comprehensive books dedicated to hip-hop culture in France and the Francophone World written in the English language, this book is an essential resource for scholars and students of African, Caribbean, French, and French-Canadian popular culture as well as anthropology and ethnomusicology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538116326
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/22/2020
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.35(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Alain-Philippe Durand is Dean of the College of Humanities, Professor of French, Honors College Distinguished Fellow, and affiliated faculty in Africana Studies, Latin American Studies, LGBT Studies, and Public and Applied Humanities at the University of Arizona. He is the author and editor of Black, Blanc, Beur: Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture in the Francophone World (Scarecrow Press, 2002). He is associate editor of the journal Contemporary French Civilization. In 2013, he launched the Minor in Hip-Hop Studies at the University of Arizona.

Table of Contents

Marcyliena Morgan


Alain-Philippe Durand

1. Forty Years of French Rap: Identities in Crescendo
Karim Hammou
Translated from the French by Katie Angus

2. Hip Hop Music and Rap in Cities in Crisis: The Case of Marseille
Jean-Marie Jacono
Translated from the French by André Pettman

3. "Fear of a Black Planet": The Transnational Racial Politics of Hip-Hop in France, 1990-1991
Samir Meghelli

4. Ghetto Patrimony: Rap and Racialization in France
Paul A. Silverstein

5. Rap Music in Guadeloupe, an Overseas French Department in the Caribbean: 1980s to the Early 2000s
Steve Gadet
Translated from the French by Richard J. Gray II

6. French Rapper-Writers and Activism: Global Black Solidarity and (In)visibility
Stève Puig

7. New Media, New Voices: Booba's and Sofiane's Use of Social Networks to Promote Aspiring Rappers
Kathryn Kleppinger

8. Hip-Hop Based Education (HHBE) in Paris and Its Suburbs
Charles Norton

9. The Body Politic of Hip Hop Dance: What Hip Hop Dance's Relation with French Society and Institutions Tells Us About the Place of Popular Art and its Political Stakes
Hugues Bazin
Translated from the French by André Pettman

10. "Beats Working": Performance Economics in The Roots (2013) and Divines (2016)
Felicia McCarren

11. Illegal Mural Expressions: Graffiti as an Act of Resistance?
Alain Milon
Translated from the French by Sarah Glasco and Matthew Kemp

12. Of Melody, Markets, and Mobilization: A History of Hip Hop in Dakar, Senegal
Catherine M. Appert

13. Rap Music in Quebec: An Essentially Hybrid Genre
Maxime Delcourt
Translated from the French by Patricia Frederick

14. Alaclair Ensemble's "Postrigodon": An Inclusive Rewriting of "Lower-Canada's" History Applied to Hip-Hop
Ariane Gruet-Pelchat
Translated from the French by Matthew Kemp

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