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ERIC Number: EJ977735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-8458
Hip-Hopping across China: Intercultural Formulations of Local Identities
Barrett, Catrice
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v11 n4 p247-260 2012
The linguistic dimensions of globalized hip-hop cannot be understood simply as a byproduct of English as an American export. As hip-hop mobilizes, it is common (and arguably necessary) for global hip-hop communities to struggle through purposeful, semiotically rooted dialectics over what constitutes "authentic" and respectable forms of local hip-hop identity (Pennycook, 2007; Omoniyi, 2009). In many ways, hip-hop in China is in the midst of that very struggle. During the past decade, relaxed economic regulations (Fang, 2006) and cultural allure have attracted several foreigners to China, many of whom have taken an active role alongside local enthusiasts in formulating a sense of Chinese hip-hop identity. This study uses Agha's "emblematic figures of identity" (2007) as a framework for bringing forth the following research question: How are intercultural processes of identity formation between local and foreign artists mediated by language in the Chinese hip-hop community? Data were gathered through interviews and lyric analysis, as well as recording-studio and live performance observations. Contrary to folk and academic criticisms claiming that foreign presence leads to mimicry or cultural "pollution" (De Kloet, 2005), the findings suggest that in many cases global hip-hop resources are interculturally recruited and (re)analyzed according to their ability to promote practices rooted in local significance. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China