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Routledge Studies in Hip Hop and Religion


About the Series

Routledge Studies in Hip Hop and Religion advances critical issues in hip hop and religion studies with particular focus on and attention to the category of religion, highlighting and bringing together a diverse set of voices, perspectives, and approaches. Books in this series contribute to dynamic conversations across a wide field of inquiry, including: theory and method for the study of hip hop and religion; the role of technology and new media in the development of hip hop culture and the mediation of meaning; aesthetics/performance of hip hop and the cosmology and performance of social belief; hip hop, religion and embodiment; identity formation as cultural/religious process and strategic/tactical operational acts; the role of hip hop in faith institutions; and hip hop, religion, and gender/class/sexuality/politics.

The key objectives of the series are:

(1) To offer an expansive contribution to the field of hip hop and religion studies that explores critical issues and formative questions that engage a variety of hip hop cultural products and sources, especially those that make use of the tools, methods, and approaches in the academic study of religion.

(2) To offer a space for research monographs and edited collections that will be of continued use to scholars in the field, graduate students, and, when possible, undergraduate audiences in the academic study of religion and beyond.

(3) To provide critical roadmaps exploring and explaining major topics, questions, data, and critical trends in the study of hip hop and religion and the changing and expanding academic engagements with it.

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Beyond Christian Hip Hop A Move Towards Christians and Hip Hop

Beyond Christian Hip Hop A Move Towards Christians and Hip Hop

1st Edition

Erika D. Gault, Travis Harris
November 21, 2019

Christians and Christianity have been central to Hip Hop since its inception. This book explores the intersection of Christians and Hip Hop and the multiple outcomes of this intersection. It lays out the ways in which Christians and Hip Hop overlap and diverge. The intersection of Christians and ...

Underground Rap as Religion A Theopoetic Examination of a Process Aesthetic Religion

Underground Rap as Religion A Theopoetic Examination of a Process Aesthetic Religion

1st Edition

Jon Ivan Gill
November 04, 2019

Underground rap is largely a subversive, grassroots, and revolutionary movement in underground hip-hop, tending to privilege creative freedom as well as progressive and liberating thoughts and actions. This book contends that many practitioners of underground rap have absorbed religious traditions ...

Kendrick Lamar and the Making of Black Meaning

Kendrick Lamar and the Making of Black Meaning

1st Edition

Christopher M. Driscoll, Monica R Miller, Anthony B. Pinn
October 03, 2019

Kendrick Lamar has established himself at the forefront of contemporary hip-hop culture. Artistically adventurous and socially conscious, he has been unapologetic in using his art form, rap music, to address issues affecting black lives while also exploring subjects fundamental to the human ...

Australian Indigenous Hip Hop The Politics of Culture, Identity, and Spirituality

Australian Indigenous Hip Hop The Politics of Culture, Identity, and Spirituality

1st Edition

Chiara Minestrelli
November 07, 2016

This book investigates the discursive and performative strategies employed by Australian Indigenous rappers to make sense of the world and establish a position of authority over their identity and place in society. Focusing on the aesthetics, the language, and the performativity of Hip Hop, this ...

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