Advertisement

Holy Hip-Hop, Language and Social Change

  • Tope Omoniyi
Chapter

Abstract

In this chapter, I shall present ‘holy hip-hop’ as a phenomenon of social change, the transformative and hybridizing processes located in the contact zone between the secular and the sacred. I shall argue that such change conceptualized within the framework of the sociology of language and religion is facilitated both through the secularization of traditional religious language as well as through borrowing and sacralization of secular language and values (cf. Fishman 2006). These exemplify what Pennycook (2007) articulates as transcultural flow which I argue is only possible if there is transcultural accommodation in the zones of contact both in the physical and abstract senses. Stakeholders have expanded religion’s remit to include developing strategies for halting decay in the inner cities by taking religion to ‘the streets’.

Keywords

Religious Practice John Benjamin Cultural Phenomenon Anic Text Late Modernity 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Alim, H. Samy (2005) ‘Hip-Hop Islam’, feature in Al-hram Weekly on-line, Issue No. 750, 7–13 July.Google Scholar
  2. Alim, H. Samy (2006) Roc the Mic Right: the Language of Hip-Hop Culture. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  3. Appadurai, Arjun (1996) Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.Google Scholar
  4. Bhabha, H. (1994) The Location of Culture. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  5. Bhatt, R. (2008) ‘In Other Words: Language Mixing, Identity Representations, and Third Space’. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 12 (2), 177–200.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Blommaert, J. (2006) ‘Sociolinguistic Scales’. Paper 37, Working Papers in Urban Language and Literacies, King’s College London.Google Scholar
  7. Bourdieu, P. (1991) Language and Symbolic Power. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.Google Scholar
  8. Fishman, J. (2006) ‘A Decalogue of Basic Theoretical Perspectives for a Sociology of Language and Religion’, in T. Omoniyi and J. A. Fishman (eds), Explorations in the Sociology of Language and Religion, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 13–25.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Foucault, M. (1988) ‘Technologies of the Self’, in L. H. Martin, H. Gutman and P. H. Hutton (eds), Technologies of the Self, Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, pp. 16–49.Google Scholar
  10. Ifekwunigwe, Jayne (1998) ‘Re-invoking the Griotte Tradition as a Feminist Textual Strategy’. http://www.arts.uwa.edu.au/MotsPluriels/MP898jol.html, accessed 26 June 2008.Google Scholar
  11. Omoniyi, T. (2006) ‘Societal Multilingualism and Multifaithism: a Sociology of Language and Religion Perspective’, in T. Omoniyi and J. A. Fishman (eds), Explorations in the Sociology of Language and Religion, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 121–40.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Omoniyi, T. (2009) ‘So I Choose to Do am Naija Style: Hip-Hop and Postcolonial Identities’, in H. S. Alim, A. Ibrahim and A. Pennycook (eds), Global Linguistic Flows: Hip-Hop Cultures, Youth Identities, and the Politics of Language, New York/London: Routledge, pp. 113–35.Google Scholar
  13. Pennycook, A. (2007) Global Englishes and Transcultural Flows. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  14. Salami, O. (2006) ‘Creating God in Our Image: the attributes of God in the Yoruba Sociocultural Eenvironment’, in T. Omoniyi and J. A. Fishman (eds), Explorations in the Sociology of Language and Religion, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 97–118.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Sherzer, Dina (1998) ‘French Colonial and Post-Colonial Hybridity: Condition Metisse’. Journal of European Studies, 28.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Tope Omoniyi 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tope Omoniyi

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations