Hip-Hop within and without the Academy

Hip-Hop within and without the Academy

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Hip-hop's historical nature as a mouthpiece for marginalized peoples provides a platform for its universal-appeal and contemporary relevancy. Moreover, hip-hop culture's affirmation of a pedagogy of liberation has great potential not only to address many current issues in educational contexts, but also to create more egalitarian ambitions in western public schools.show more

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  • Paperback | 230 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0739197525
  • 9780739197523

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The section on the 'academization of hip-hop' - what the book's title describes as 'hip-hop within the academy' - was promising as it is an area that is rarely well covered compared to the more common emphasis on the convergences of youth, politics and hip-hop...Snell and Soderman are appropriately attuned to the ways in which public education is increasingly inflected by the demands and agendas of the neoliberal state. Popular Music Music educators will not be the only ones who benefit from this rounded, wide-ranging and yet focused study on the background, uses, meanings, and educational potential of hip-hop. This very readable account has the rare gift of being both entertaining and scholarly. It gives much food for thought as well as practical advice for teachers, and it represents a much-needed addition to the literature on both hip-hop and music education. -- Lucy Green, Professor of Music Education, UCL Institute of Education, London UK Snell and Soderman's book is a welcome and timely text that draws attention to hip-hop beyond its most visible, commodified forms in popular culture and that challenges the bases of assumptions made surrounding hip-hop scholarship. The authors approach their subject matter with humility, and in doing so, provide a thought-provoking and valuable collection of essays that will surely appeal to scholars in a range of fields, including popular music studies, ethnomusicology, applied ethnomusicology, music education, and music teacher education. -- Gareth Dylan Smith, Institute of Contemporary Music Performance A block party of a book-Snell and Soderman mix and remix educational orthodoxies into a whole new sound. -- Randall Everett Allsup, Teachers College Columbia Universityshow more

About Karen Snell

Karen Snell has taught both graduate and undergraduate level music education courses at Boston University and the Eastman School of Music. John Soderman is associate professor of music education at Malmo University.show more

Table of contents

Contents Acknowledgments Part 1 Ethnographic Hip-Hop Studies 1 Introduction 2 Young Hip-Hop Musicians Talk About Their Learning and Creative Strategies 3 Towards a Swedish Professional Hip-Hop Identity 4 The Musical Personhood of Three Canadian Turntablists: Implications for Transformative Collaborative Practice in Music Education 5 First Nations Hip-Hop Artists' Identity and Voice Part 2 Academization of Hip-Hop 6 Introduction to Part 2 7 The Formation of a Scientific Field: Hip-Hop Academicus 8 What is at Stake? How Hip-Hop is Legitimized and Discussed Within University 9 Turntablism: A Vehicle for Connecting Community and School Music Making and Learning Part 3 Educational and Artistic Implications of Hip-Hop 10 Introduction to Part 3 11 Jean Grae and Toni Blackman: An Educational and Aesthetical Conversation with two Female Emcees 12 Folkbildning through Hip-Hop: A Presentation of two Rappers and one Swedish Hip-Hop Organization 13 How Critical Pedagogy and Democratic Theory can inform Teaching Music, and especially, Teaching Hip-Hop 14 The Informal Learning Practices of Hip-Hop Musicians 15 Outroduction: Implications for Music and Music Education Glossary of Terms Bibliography Index About the Authorsshow more