• Susanna Scarparo
  • Mathias Sutherland Stevenson
Part of the Pop Music, Culture and Identity book series (PMCI)


In the introduction, we discuss the “antagonistic” qualities of southern Italian reggae and reggae-influenced hip hop culture, arguing that these qualities are embedded in the politics of its “connective marginalities.” This concept is used to explain how the peripheral origins of this music allow for disparate yet parallel marginalized groups to build tangible and symbolic alliances in an attempt to resist the dominant practices of cultural, economic, and political power. In Italy, such alliances have articulated counter-hegemonic meanings, narratives, and voices, whilst bringing to light the synthesis between global and local elements which leads to the formation of glocal cultural forms. The conceptualization of connective marginalities takes as a point of departure Halifu Osumare’s discussion of the various social and historical realms that form the context for hip hop’s diffusion amongst global youth.

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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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