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Beyond the street: the institutional life of rap

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posted on 14.03.2019, 15:27 by Richard Bramwell, James Butterworth
This article draws on ethnographic fieldwork conducted over the course of one year in London and Bristol to examine the performance of rap in English youth centres. Youth centres play a significant role in supporting and shaping rap culture. However, historically dominant narratives within hip-hop studies and hip-hop culture depict rap as a vernacular cultural form that emerges from ‘the street’, and which derives its authenticity through its relation to ‘the street’. We seek to move beyond such discourses and towards a recognition of the institutional processes, structures and networks that shape and sustain rap culture. Our focus on the institutional life of rap leads to an analysis of the various possibilities, limitations, and tensions that arise in the coming together of public funding, and social policy priorities, local organisations, and black vernacular culture.

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Communication and Media

Published in

Popular Music

Volume

39

Issue

2

Pages

169-186

Citation

BRAMWELL, R. and BUTTERWORTH, J., 2020. Beyond the street: the institutional life of rap. Popular Music, 39(2), pp. 169-186.

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This article has been published in a revised form in Popular Music https://doi.org/10.1017/S0261143020000355. This version is published under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND. No commercial re-distribution or re-use allowed. Derivative works cannot be distributed. © The Authors.

Acceptance date

26/10/2018

Publication date

2020-08-27

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0261-1430

eISSN

1474-0095

Language

en

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