The Sociolinguistics of Hip-hop as Critical Conscience

Dissatisfaction and Dissent

  • Andrew S. Ross
  • Damian J. Rivers

About this book


This book adopts a sociolinguistic perspective to trace the origins and enduring significance of hip-hop as a global tool of resistance to oppression. The contributors, who represent a range of international perspectives, analyse how hip-hop is employed to express dissatisfaction and dissent relating to such issues as immigration, racism, stereotypes and post-colonialism. Utilising a range of methodological approaches, they shed light on diverse hip-hop cultures and practices around the world, highlighting issues of relevance in the different countries from which their research originates. Together, the authors expand on current global understandings of hip-hop, language and culture, and underline its immense power as a form of popular culture through which the disenfranchised and oppressed can gain and maintain a voice. This thought-provoking edited collection is a must-read for scholars and students of linguistics, race studies and political activism, and for anyone with an interest in hip-hop.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Andrew S. Ross
    • 1
  • Damian J. Rivers
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Teaching and LearningSouthern Cross UniversityGold Coast, QLDAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Meta-LearningFaculty of Systems Information Science Future University HakodateHakodateJapan

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