Marking the Unmarked: Hip-Hop, The Gaze & the African Body in North America. Marking the Unmarked: Hip-Hop, The Gaze & the African Body in North America.

Marking the Unmarked: Hip-Hop, The Gaze & the African Body in North America‪.‬

Critical Arts 2003, Jan-Dec, 17, 1-2

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Abstract Based on personal narrative and 'critical ethnographic research,' this paper is about the process of 'becoming black,' the interrelations between race, culture, and identity, and their impact on what, who and how we as social beings existing within a social space, identify with. It contends that, having arrived in North America, an immigrant and refugee group of continental Francophone African youths attending an urban French-language high school in southwestern Ontario, Canada, enters, so to speak, a social imaginary, a discursive space where they are already imagined, constructed, and thus treated as 'blacks' by hegemonic discourses and groups, respectively. This imaginary is directly implicated in who they identify with--black America--which in turn influences what and how they linguistically and culturally learn. They learn, I will show, 'black English as a second language' (BESL) which they access in and through hip-hop culture and rap lyrical/linguistic styles. Translation and negotiation, I will conclude, are significant identity formation processes which in this study produced a hybrid, temporal and ambiguous 'African' identity existent in North America.

GENRE
Non-Fiction
RELEASED
2003
January 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
34
Pages
PUBLISHER
Critical Arts Projects
SELLER
The Gale Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation and an affiliate of Cengage Learning, Inc.
SIZE
212.7
KB

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