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ERIC Number: EJ787997
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
Hip-hop is an interethnic contact zone that allows for the creation of new expressive cultures and new identities for young people. Its openness derives in part from the wide range of expression and interpretation allowed in 182 "McFarland" African musics. Moving beyond the often stifling options offered by an earlier generation that focused on identity politics and cultural nationalism, hip-hop is an open field in which youth of varying experiences can find a place. The nationalist politics of the Chicano movement and the Black Power movement left little room for alternative expressions of identity that did not fit into the narrowly defined categories of "Chicano" and "black." In an age of new relationships and new ideas, Chicana/o youth require an expressive culture that reflects their experience living in a multiracial world and consuming and participating in multiracial musical cultures. Chicano hip-hop, along with "rock en espanol" and "reggaeton", provides such a culture. Hip-hop offers an example of how people of different races and ethnicities can find common ground. It points the way, also, to a new scholarly orientation that focuses on the relationships between people of color--relations of both conflict and cooperation--and moves away from scholarship that often unwittingly centers and privileges whiteness as the reference point. Without a new orientation and understanding of youth culture, especially hip-hop, the analyses of culture and race limit the possibilities for looking beyond race and color toward a future in which phenotype accounts for less than one's character.
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Language: English
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