For the Culture: Hip-Hop and the Fight for Social Justice documents and analyzes the ways in which Hip-Hop music, artists, scholars, and activists have discussed, promoted, and supported social justice challenges worldwide. Drawing from diverse approaches and methods, the contributors in this volume demonstrate that rap music can positively influence political behavior and fight to change social injustices, and then zoom in on artists whose work has accomplished these ends. The volume explores topics including education and pedagogy; the Black Lives Matter movement; the politics of crime, punishment, and mass incarceration; electoral politics; gender and sexuality; and the global struggle for social justice. Ultimately, the book argues that Hip-Hop is much more than a musical genre or cultural form: Hip-Hop is a resistance mechanism.
About the Author
Lakeyta M. Bonnette-Bailey is Associate Professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University.
Adolphus G. Belk, Jr. is Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Winthrop University.
“This is a richly varied set of perspectives on the power of Hip-Hop to contribute to social justice movements around the world. It clearly advocates for Hip-Hop, but at the same time does not shy away from critique. I am excited to see such fascinating and compelling discussions of Hip-Hop as related to the criminal (in)justice system, higher education, and indigeneity.” —Mark Katz, author of Build: The Power of Hip Hop Diplomacy in a Divided World — Mark Katz, author of Build: The Power of Hip Hop Diplomacy in a Divided World