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HipHopEd: The Compilation on Hip-Hop Education

Volume 2: Hip-Hop as Praxis & Social Justice

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Edited By Edmund Adjapong and Ian Levy

This second volume in the Hip-Hop Education series highlights knowledge of self as the fifth and often forgotten element of hip-hop. In many cases, a connection to hip-hop culture is one that has been well embedded in the identity of hip-hop educators. Historically, academic spaces have had misperceptions and misunderstand the authentic culture of hip-hop, often forcing hip-hop educators to abandon their authentic hip-hop selves to align themselves to the traditions of academia. This edited series highlights the realities of hip-hop educators who grapple with cultivating and displaying themselves authentically in practice and offers examples of how hip-hop can be utilized in educational spaces to promote social justice. It provides narratives of graduate students, practitioners, junior and senior scholars who all identify as part of hip-hop. The chapters in this text explore the intersections of the authors’ lived experiences, hip-hop, theory, praxis and social justice.

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Introduction: Authenticity and Knowledge of Self for the #HipHopEducator (Edmund Adjapong and Ian Levy)

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Introduction

Authenticity and Knowledge of Self for the #HipHopEducator

edmund adjapong and ian levy

@KingAdjapong and @IanPLevy

For the second volume of The Compilation on Hip-Hop Education, we continue to highlight the voices, stories, and narratives of educators and scholars who approach their practice and research using a framework anchored in hip-hop culture. Similar to the first volume of this series Volume 1: Hip-Hop as Education, Philosophy, and Practice, this edited volume includes chapters from veteran scholars, emerging scholars, and teachers. As co-editors, our goal is to continue to support and share scholarship that is rooted in hip-hop culture that provides new practical and strategic insights for scholars, practitioners, students, community members, and policymakers as it relates to working with groups who have faced systemic oppression.

This volume of The Compilation on Hip-Hop Education series highlights knowledge of self, the fifth and often forgotten element of hip-hop. The chapters in this text highlight the intersections of the authors’ lived experiences, hip-hop, theory, and practice. While engaging in any research, researchers must identify their positionality as it relates to the study. As hip-hop educators, many of us enter the field of hip-hop education with the unique positionality of being participants of hip-hop culture prior to entering any formal academic space. In many cases, this connection to hip-hop culture is one that has been well embedded as a part of our core identity. Historically, academic spaces have had misperceptions and...

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