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Beyond the street: the institutional life of rap

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posted on 14.03.2019 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

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Popular Music

Volume

39

Issue

2

Citation

BRAMWELL, R. and BUTTERWORTH, J., 2019. Beyond the street: the institutional life of rap. Popular Music, [in press].

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Acceptance date

26/10/2018

Publication date

2019

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This paper is closed access until it is published.

ISSN

0261-1430

eISSN

1474-0095

Language

en

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