Women Rapping Revolution: Hip Hop and Community Building in Detroit

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Univ of California Press, 2020 - African American women - 248 pages
Detroit is a city that has long been recognized as a center of musical innovation and social change. Rebekah Farrugia and Kellie D. Hay draw on seven years of fieldwork to illuminate the important role that women in Detroit's hip hop underground have played in mobilizing a grassroots response to political and social pressures at the heart of Detroit's ongoing renewal and development project. Focusing on the Foundation, the women-centered hip hop collective, Women Rapping Revolution argues that the hip hop underground is a crucial site where Black women shape subjectivity and claim self-care as a principle of community organizing. Through interviews and sustained critical engagement with artists and activists, this study also articulates the substantial role of cultural production in social, racial, and economic justice efforts.
 

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Contents

Intersections of Detroit Women and Hip Hop 1
1
Detroit Hip Hop and the Rise of the Foundation 21
21
Hip Hop Sounds and Sensibilities in PostBankruptcy Detroit
35
Negotiating Genderqueer Identity Formation
56
Vulnerable Mavericks Wreck Raps Conventions
90
Legendary Environmental Justice and Collaborative
110
Hip Hop Activism in Action
130
Women Hip Hop and Cultural Organizing
154
Notes
171
Bibliography
193
Index
205
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Rebekah Farrugia is Associate Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Oakland University. She is the author of Beyond the Dance Floor: Female DJs, Technology, and Electronic Dance Music Culture.

Kellie D. Hay is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Oakland University. She has authored many articles about music, politics, and cultural identity, and specializes in critical qualitative methodologies.

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