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Hip Hop Matters

Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement

S. Craig Watkins

A fresh look at the hip-hop movement and the fierce battles being waged to control it

Avoiding the easy definitions and caricatures that tend to celebrate or condemn the “hip hop generation,” Hip Hop Matters focuses on fierce and far-reaching battles being waged in politics, pop culture, and academe to assert control over the movement. At stake, Watkins argues, is the impact hip hop has on the lives of the young people who live and breathe the culture. He presents incisive analysis of the corporate takeover of hip hop and the rampant misogyny that undermines the movement’s progressive claims. Ultimately, we see how hip hop struggles reverberate in the larger world: global media consolidation; racial and demographic flux; generational cleavages; the reinvention of the pop music industry; and the ongoing struggle to enrich the lives of ordinary youth.

 

 

S. Craig Watkins studies young people’s social and digital media behaviors. He is a Professor at the University of Texas, Austin and the author of three books, including The Young and the Digital: What Migration to Social Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media Means for Our Future and Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement. Watkins is a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Connected Learning Research Network, where he continues his research about young people and dynamic innovation ecologies. He lives in Austin, TX.

 

 

  • Publisher: Beacon Press (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0807009865
  • ISBN-13: 9780807009864
  • Item Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches