The Sociolinguistics of Hip-hop as Critical Conscience: Dissatisfaction and Dissent, (PDF) adopts a sociolinguistic perspective to trace the origins and enduring significance of hip-hop as a global tool of resistance to oppression. The contributors, who demonstrate a range of international perspectives, analyze how hip-hop is employed to express dissent and dissatisfaction relating to such issues as immigration, stereotypes, racism, and post-colonialism. Using a range of methodological approaches, they shed light on diverse hip-hop cultures and practices around the world, stressing issues of relevance in the different countries from which their research originates. Together, the authors expand on current global understandings of hip-hop, language and culture, and emphasize its immense power as a form of popular culture through which the disenfranchised and oppressed can attain and maintain a voice. This thought-provoking edited collection is a must-read for scholars and students of linguistics, political activism and race studies and for anyone with an interest in hip-hop.
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