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French Moves: The Cultural Politics of le hip hop

Felicia McCarren

Abstract

For more than two decades, le hip hop has shown France’s “other” face: danced by minorities associated with immigration and the suburbs, it has channeled rage against racism and unequal opportunity and offered a movement vocabulary for the expression of the multicultural difference that challenges the universalist discourse of the Republic. French hip-hoppers subscribe to black U.S. culture to articulate their own difference but their mouv’ developed differently, championed by a Socialist cultural policy as part of the patrimoine culturel, instituted as a pedagogy and supported as an art of ... More

Keywords: France, Hip-hop dance, socialism and youth, Minority youth, MULTICULTURALISM—National Identity, CULTURAL POLITICS— URBAN DANCE, CHOREOGRAPHY—DANCERS—Socioeconomic status, BANLIEUE—DANCE PERFORMANCE—DANCE CRITICISM, ARTS AND SOCIETY-HISTORY 20th and 21st CENTURY

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199939954
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199939954.001.0001

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Felicia McCarren, author
Tulane Univesity

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