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Hiphop Literacies

By Elaine Richardson

© 2007 – Routledge

164 pages

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About the Book

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 is being developed in response to the burgeoning research and scholarship in the field of literacy studies, and its increasingly interdisciplinary nature.
The aim of Literacies is to publish books on reading and writing which consider literacy as a social practice and which situate reading and writing within their broader institutional contexts.

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Subject Categories

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