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Hip Hop Harem

Women, Rap and Representation in the Middle East

by Angela S. Williams (Author)
©2020 Prompt XVI, 108 Pages

Summary

Although hip hop culture has widely been acknowledged as a global cultural movement, little attention has been given to women’s participation in hip hop culture in various parts of the world or how this participation interacts with and impacts the lives of other women. Hip Hop Harem is the first book solely dedicated to female rap artists in the Middle East and North Africa region. Throughout the book, Angela S. Williams explores the work of seven prominent rappers from the region. Through the lens of hip hop feminism, she seeks to express how the artists’ work affects female audience members who relate to themes of self-determination and liberation within their own lives. The popular imagery of the harem is flipped, turned on its head in likely hip hop fashion, as the artists speak back to voices of male dominance and a power structure that has sought to define them and the region.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Introduction: Overturning the Harem
  • Chapter One MENA Women and the Hip Hop Aesthetic
  • Chapter Two Discourse Ethnography: Reading Across the Texts of Popular Culture and Lived Experiences
  • Chapter Three Rapping for a Change: Profiles of MENA Women Rappers
  • Chapter Four Kash Donya (I Wish the World …): Visions of Agency and Liberation
  • Chapter Five MENA Hip Hop Feminism: Towards a Transnational Girlhood/Womanhood Perspective
  • Index
  • Series Page

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Library of Congress Control Number: 2019910048

About the author

Angela S. Williams earned her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is the Associate Director at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

About the book

Although hip hop culture has widely been acknowledged as a global cultural movement, little attention has been given to women‘s participation in hip hop culture in various parts of the world or how this participation interacts with and impacts the lives of other women. Hip Hop Harem is the first book solely dedicated to female rap artists in the Middle East and North Africa region. Throughout the book, Angela S. Williams explores the work of seven prominent rappers from the region. Through the lens of hip hop feminism, she seeks to express how the artists‘ work affects female audience members who relate to themes of self-determination and liberation within their own lives. The popular imagery of the harem is flipped, turned on its head in likely hip hop fashion, as the artists speak back to voices of male dominance and a power structure that has sought to define them and the region.

Hip Hop Harem is a very interesting and important book. The book not only deepens our understanding of Hip Hop aesthetics of resistance, but it also de-Orientalizes the Middle East as it brings the voices of MENA women rappers to the center. It boldly challenges Orientalism and deconstructs the stereotypical representation of Middle Eastern women. Angela S. Williams truly fills ‘the void of representative work’ on MENA women, as she manipulates theories of Hip Hop feminism to show how these women rappers represent ‘an oppositional consciousness.’

This study is significant because it offers a fresh perspective on women’s agency and women as cultural actors. Unlike representations of women from the Middle East as objects of study or women who ‘need saving,’ the book engages in the de-Orientalization process by shedding light on knowledge production and representation of Middle Eastern women, and increases the accessibility of women’s voices from the region. I will definitely use the book in my class.”

Details

Pages
XVI, 108
Year
2020
ISBN (ePUB)
9781433172984
ISBN (MOBI)
9781433172991
ISBN (PDF)
9781433172977
ISBN (Hardcover)
9781433172953
Language
English
Publication date
2020 (May)
Published
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien, 2020. XVI, 108 pp., 1 b/w ill.

Biographical notes

Angela S. Williams (Author)

Angela S. Williams earned her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is the Associate Director at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

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