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Re-taking it to the streets :investigating hip-hop's emergence in the spaces of late capitalism

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dc.contributor.advisor McGovern, Charles en_US
dc.contributor.author Kosanovich, Kevin Waide en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-14T15:28:18Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-07T05:01:09Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10288/5501
dc.description.abstract Much of the scholarship focusing on rap and hip-hop argues that these cultural forms represent instances of African American cultural resistance. Although rap and hip-hop affords marginalized voices the opportunity to speak out and be heard, rap and hip-hop’s critical position is too often critically neglected. Examining the historical, cultural, scholarly, and commodity modalities of rap and hip-hop through careful attention to its spatiality provides a new critical understanding of not only rap and hip-hop, but also late twentieth century America. Through an examination and consideration of scholarship devoted to space and rap, most notably Murray Forman, a careful historical examination of hip-hop’s urban emergence through hip-hop’s four foundational elements, and an inspection of the rap album as a representation of urban, as well as economic, space, rap and hip-hop’s socio-cultural relationship to late capitalism in the United States is completely reinterpreted. Instead of being a pure, cultural expression of outrage and dissent subsequently sullied and neutered by the marketplace, rap and hip-hop is inextricable from the spaces of late capitalism. Importantly, this new understanding of rap and hip-hop presents broader implications for rap and hip-hop studies. Understanding rap and hip-hop’s central relationship to late capitalism provides an opportunity to conceive a political economy of rap that has been missing from existing scholarship. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher College of William and Mary
dc.subject Rap (Music)--History and criticism en_US
dc.subject Rap (Music)--Social aspects en_US
dc.subject Hip-hop--Social aspects en_US
dc.title Re-taking it to the streets :investigating hip-hop's emergence in the spaces of late capitalism en_US
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.level Masters of Arts en_US
thesis.degree.discipline American Studies Program en_US
thesis.degree.grantor College of William and Mary en_US
dc.description.note The front matter of the thesis as made available here was digitized from the paper copy available in the Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library on June 8, 2011. The body of the thesis (pages 2-end) was provided by the author to Swem Library on June 6, 2011. They were combined into a single file for online access on June 11, 2011. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Knight, Arthur en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Gamber, John en_US
dc.type.genre Electronic Dissertation or Thesis en_US

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