Module 3 - "Rapping against the machine: Hip hop as counter-culture"
(Dott. Claudia Gualtieri)
The module will discuss hip hop as a voice of resistance against the "machine" of power. First, in order to situate hip hop within a theoretical frame, a general overview of cultural and subcultural studies will be offered. Then, the historical and situational conditions for the birth of hip hop in North American cultures will be presented, with a particular focus on African-American, Indigenous North American, and working class cultural productions. The global language of hip hop -- expressed through rapping, writing, and dancing -- will be analysed as individual and group strategy of resistance against hegemonic forms of cultural assimilation and social marginalisation in special and unique contexts of expression and production. In conclusion, cultural examples will be offered from music, street art, break dance, body art, and visual arts. A critical view will be offered in order to focus on the contradictions as well as the fascination of hip hop for young generations.
Conferences by guest speakers will be part of the programme for students attending the course. Materials will be available on the ARIEL website of the course.
The module will be taught IN ENGLISH.
Study material and readings: Module 3
· Pedretti, Roberto e Vivan, Itala. Dalla lambretta allo skateboard: Teorie e storia delle sottoculture giovanili (1950-2000), Milano: Unicopli, 2009, pp. 7-75.
· Porfilio, Brad J. et al. & Viola, M. Eds, "Ending the 'War against Youth': Social Media and Hip Hop Culture as Sites of Resistance, Transformation and (Re) Conceptualization", The Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies, vol. 11, 4, 2013, pp. 85-105.
· "Hip Hop Archive" http://hiphoparchive.org/
· "Beat Nation: Hip hop as indigenous culture" http://www.beatnation.org/
· "Claiming space: Voices of urban aboriginal youth" http://moa.ubc.ca/claimingspace/
· Course notes and materials on the ARIEL website of the course.