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Hiphop Literacies

1st Edition

By Elaine Richardson


164 pages

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Hiphop Literacies is an exploration of the rhetorical, language and literacy practices of African Americans, with a focus on the Hiphop generation. Richardson analyses the lyrics and discourse of Hiphop, explodes myths and stereotypes about Black culture and language and shows how Hiphop language is a global ambassador of the English language and American culture.

Richardson examines African American Hiphop in secondary oral contexts such as rap music, song lyrics, electronic and digital media, oral performances and cinema and brings together issues and concepts that are explored in the disciplines of folklore, ethnomusicology, sociolinguistics, discourse studies and New Literacies Studies.


'Puts Hiphop on the map of literacy studies.' - Jannis Androutsopoulos, Mannheim, Germany

"Elaine Richardson's Hiphop Literacies, following on the heels of her African American Literacies, is a provocative examination of literacy practices in the context of Hiphop (as the word is written in the book). Here, literacy is defined under the broader rubric of New Literacy Studies (NLS), a paradigm sensitive to the gray areas demarcating 'orality' and 'literacy,' emphasizing instead a liberal and multivalent understanding encompassing alternative modalities (visual, sonic, and their multi-medial synergisms) and seeking to situate literacy within its social settings and cultural practices." -- Tom Greenland, Journal of Foldlore Research, January 2008

Table of Contents

1. The What, How, Where and Who of Hip Hop: An Introduction 2. Cross-cultural Vibrations: A Study of Lexical Borrowing Between Jamaican Dancehall and American Hip Hop artists 3. My Bondage, My Freedom, My 'nigga': Performance and Authenticity in Rap/Hip Hop Discourse 4. The Envy of the Women and the Rule of the Men: African American Women's Rap Discourse 5. Hip Hop Rules on the Wild Wild Web 6. Learning About Literacies: High School and College Students Respond

About the Series


This series showcases innovative research and scholarship in the field of Literacy Studies.

Literacy practices are changing rapidly in contemporary society in response to broad social, economic and technological changes: in education, the workplace, the media and in everyday life. The Literacies series reflects the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of research into reading and writing. The series aims to publish studies which consider literacy as a social practice. Work in this field has been developed and drawn together to provide books that are accessible, interdisciplinary and international in scope, covering a wide range of social and institutional contexts.  

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies