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Hip-hop citizens: local hip-hop and the production of democratic grassroots change in Alberta

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Alberta, Edmonton, hip-hop, oppression, community development, neoliberalism

Abstract (summary)

The purpose of this chapter is to capture my involvement with the young artists and presenters who are involved in emancipatory forms of hip-hop in Edmonton. The first part of the chapter documents how I became connected with the research partners in this project and an overview of some of the obstacles inhibiting the hip-hop community in Edmonton and impoverished sections of Edmonton. Next, I highlight how we became aware of how neoliberalism is responsible for inhibiting the development of the hip-hop scene in Edmonton as well as the development of 118 Ave. Third, I flesh out how the research team formulated a research methodology and pedagogy to revitalize the hip-hop scene in Edmonton and our urban community itself. Finally, I suggest how this project impacted the individual members of the research team, the hip-hop community, and this urban context. At the same time, I also highlight some of the obstacles of sustaining a cultural ecology that has the potential to raise critical awareness, inside and outside of the hip-hop world, of what causes oppression and how to dismantle it.

Publication Information

MacDonald, Michael B. "Hip-Hop Citizens Local Hip-Hop and the Production of Democratic Grassroots Change in Alberta." In Hip-Hop(e): The Cultural Practice and Critical Pedagogy of International Hip-Hop, edited by Brad J. Porfilio and Michael J. Viola, 95-109. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing, 2012.



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