Hip Hop at Europe's Edge

Hip Hop at Europe's Edge : Music, Agency, and Social Change

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Responding to the development of a lively hip hop culture in Central and Eastern European countries, this interdisciplinary study demonstrates how a universal model of hip hop serves as a contextually situated platform of cultural exchange and becomes locally inflected. After the Soviet Union fell, hip hop became popular in urban environments in the region, but it has often been stigmatized as inauthentic, due to an apparent lack of connection to African American historical roots and black identity. Originally strongly influenced by aesthetics from the US, hip hop in Central and Eastern Europe has gradually developed unique, local trajectories, a number of which are showcased in this volume. On the one hand, hip hop functions as a marker of Western cosmopolitanism and democratic ideology, but as the contributors show, it is also a malleable genre that has been infused with so much local identity that it has lost most of its previous associations with "the West" in the experiences of local musicians, audiences, and producers. Contextualizing hip hop through the prism of local experiences and regional musical expressions, these valuable case studies reveal the broad spectrum of its impact on popular culture and youth identity in the post-Soviet world.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 324 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.35mm | 649g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 b&w illus, 1 table
  • 0253022738
  • 9780253022738

About Adriana N. Helbig

Milosz Miszczynski is Research Fellow at the Centre for the Digital Economy at the University of Surrey and a Research Associate at the University of Oxford's Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology. His current research focuses on production, distribution, and consumption of music in the digital economy.His past work on hip hop includes a book in Polish, edited volumes and journal articles published in the European Journal of Cultural Studies and Critical Sociology.Adriana Helbig is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of Hip Hop Ukraine: Music, Race, and African Migration and (with Oksana Buranbaeva and Vanja Mladineo) Culture and Customs of Ukraine.
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This is a real treasure trove, full of fascinating stories. It acts as a fine example of academic inquiry that creatively probes hip-hop's practices, providing context for the form's usage across the Eastern Bloc.
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Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction / Adriana Helbig and Milosz MiszczynskiPart 1: Hip Hop, Postsocialism, and Democracy1. Rapping into Power: The Use of Hip Hop in Albanian Politics / Gentian Elezi and Elona Toska2. Nothing Left to Lose: Hip Hop in Bosnia-Herzegovina / Jasmin Mujanovi3. Russian Rap in the Era of Vladimir Putin / Philip Ewell4. Rap Music as a Cultural Mediator in Post-Conflict Yugoslavia / Alexandra BaladinaPart 2: Hip Hop and Emerging Market Economies5. Diesel Power: Serbian Hip Hop from the Pleasure of the Privileged to Mass Youth Culture / Goran Musi and Predrag Vukevi6. "The Underground is for Beggars": Slovak Rap at the Center of National Popular Culture / Peter Barrer7. Music, Technology, and Shifts in Popular Culture: Making Hip Hop in e-Estonia / Triin Vallaste8. Wearing Nikes for a Reason: A Critical Analysis of Brand Usage in Polish Rap / Milosz Miszczynski and Przemyslaw TomaszewskiPart 3: Hip Hop on the Margins9. Cosmopolitan Inscriptions? Mimicry, Rap, and Rurbanity in Post-socialist Albania / Nicholas Tochka 10. Violence as Existential Punctuation: Russian Hip Hop in the Age of Late Capitalism / Alexandre Gontchar11. Unmasking Expressions in Turkish Rap/Hip Hop Culture: Contestation and Construction of Alternatve Identities Through Localizaton in Arabesk Music / Nuran Erol Iik and Murat Can Basaran12. Hip Hop as a Means of Flight from `Gypsy Ghetto' in Eastern Europe / Michal Ruzicka, Alena Kajanova, Veronika Zvanovcova, and Tomas Mrhalek13. Rapping the Changes in North-East Siberia: Hip Hop, Urbanization, and Sakha Ethnicity / Aimar Ventsel and Eleanor PeersPart 4: Hip Hop and Global Circulations of Blackness14. La haine et les autres crimes: Ghettocentric Imagery in Serbian Hip Hop Videos / Irena Sentevska 15. The Power of the Words: Discourses of Authenticity in Czech Rap Music / Anna Oravcova16. "Keep it 360": (Re)envisioning The Cultural and
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