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Reggae and Hip Hop in Southern Italy

Politics, Languages, and Multiple Marginalities

  • Susanna Scarparo
  • Mathias Sutherland Stevenson

Part of the Pop Music, Culture and Identity book series (PMCI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Susanna Scarparo, Mathias Sutherland Stevenson
    Pages 1-16
  3. Susanna Scarparo, Mathias Sutherland Stevenson
    Pages 17-44
  4. Susanna Scarparo, Mathias Sutherland Stevenson
    Pages 45-83
  5. Susanna Scarparo, Mathias Sutherland Stevenson
    Pages 85-126
  6. Susanna Scarparo, Mathias Sutherland Stevenson
    Pages 127-162
  7. Susanna Scarparo, Mathias Sutherland Stevenson
    Pages 163-191
  8. Susanna Scarparo, Mathias Sutherland Stevenson
    Pages 223-231
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 233-244

About this book

Introduction

This book explores the significance of reggae and hip hop in Southern Italy from the beginning of the 1980s to the present. Focusing on groups and solo artists located predominantly in the Southern Italian regions of Apulia and Sardinia, it examines the production and distribution of their music, lyrics and video clips. To this end, Reggae and Hip Hop in Southern Italy emphasizes the linguistic aspects of cultural marginalization as well as marginalities linked to geographical location, gender, and to social and political identification. The authors put forward three key arguments, namely: that the Southern Italian transcultural and multilingual musical productions defy the cultural stereotype of the South; that the musicians discussed are creating new alliances and transcultural exchanges that engage critically with the challenges and opportunities offered by globalization; and that these musical productions represent one of Italy’s most significant forms of creative political expression since the 1970s.
 
Reggae and Hip Hop in Southern Italy brings to light the distinctive characteristics of Italy’s independent and marginal musical contexts of reggae and reggae-inflected hip hop. It will serve as an invaluable resource for academics and students of Italian cultural studies, global studies, and the politics of non-hegemonic cultural production. It also provides an engaging reference for those with an interest in southern Italy, Apulia, Sardinia, the southern question and independent and popular music more generally. 

Keywords

Popular Culture Italian Hip Hop Southern Italy Hip Hop Reggae Italian Reggae Salentine Sa Razza Randagiu Sardu Mama Marjas Claudia Aru

Authors and affiliations

  • Susanna Scarparo
    • 1
  • Mathias Sutherland Stevenson
    • 2
  1. 1.The Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of ArtsMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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