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ERIC Number: EJ787996
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0005-2604
Chicano Hip-Hop as Interethnic Contact Zone
McFarland, Pancho
Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, v33 n1 p173-183 Spr 2008
The critical study of rap music and hip-hop culture has the potential to expand Americans understanding of race and culture in the United States. Hip-hop culture as a multiracial, multiethnic phenomenon reveals the ways in which race relations over the past thirty years have become increasingly complex. The theories and concepts that they use to understand racial phenomena need to keep pace. Vertical orientations toward understanding race, in which the subordinate or minority group is compared to the dominant group and in which the dominant group is always the reference group for a subordinate ethnic group, are obsolete. Increasingly, the important relationships are between subordinate ethnic groups. A new framework for analyzing race relations and youth culture would therefore be horizontal in orientation: it would recognize that influence flows in many directions and not simply from top to bottom. It would investigate the ways in which the primary frame of reference for youth of color is not the dominant white American culture but the worldviews, attitudes, and values of people of color.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States