Be ye not deceived: this is no glossy, ephemeral attempt to reach a lowest-common-denominator readership but rather an academic work of the densest order. Maxwell (performance studies, Univ. of Sydney) carefully observed the hip-hop scene in that city between August 1992 and October 1994. More than a musical study, he presents a primarily anthropological analysis of that scene. Using the language and conceptual templates of postmodernist cultural studies, Maxwell dissects the relationship of white Australian rappers to one another, to an Australia gripped by questions of ethnic and cultural identity, and to a theoretical (and largely imaginary) "hip-hop world nation." Given its rarified language, intellectually rigorous approach, and esoteric subject, this work is truly appropriate for only academic collections treating Australian studies and/or the globalization of mass-media culture.-Bill Piekarski, Lackawanna, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.